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  1. 48 points
    Two evenly matched sides going toe-to-toe both having periods of domination. End-to-end stuff for a lot of the time and some great last ditch defending from both sides. Plenty of chances for both sides. We actually looked as if we had a plan for once. Kalas MOM for me but a few other contenders too. Much, much better than it has been recently and a fair result in the end.
  2. 38 points
    I really can't put myself through listening to anymore of his nonsense
  3. 36 points
    I don’t remember many people on OTIB protesting when Walsh was sent to Coventry. In fact the prevalent view was that his signing had been another of Johnson’s failures. However he seems to have had a very successful season and has clearly developed as a player so clearly THE LOAN HAS WORKED. The experience Walsh has gained in League 1 will have been invaluable to him so why are you saying that it shouldn’t have happened? The whole point of loans is to allow players to develop, yet when a loan is successful people say the player should never have gone on loan on the first place. Weird. I can see the argument for bring him and Morrell back in January, but they would not have got the game time they’re getting at their present clubs and it would have been asking a lot for two youngish players to step up and deliver in the top regions of the Championship without any lead-in time.
  4. 35 points
  5. 34 points
    I would rather be forced to sit though endless replays of Dean Windass’s goal at Wembley, on a repeating loop, than watch the complete and utter Shite that is a Mrs Browns Boys.
  6. 33 points
    Wtf.. was that City? No mention by name, no welcome on to the pitch to allow the fans to show their appreciation? Absolute shambles and embarrassing.
  7. 32 points
    Well if they do cancel the season, I would want any refund that is due,if due, to go to charity,I’ve already paid for it so wouldn’t miss the money. Children’s Hospice or Hospital would do nicely.
  8. 31 points
    Baby Grace was born this morning, can’t wait to buy her first City kit!
  9. 28 points
    This has all just got a bit too much for me. Following the info I posted above and my Nan being in hospital since that chest infection / pneumonia I sadly got a call this evening to say she’d passed away. I don’t know if I had CV, I don’t know if I passed it to her and I don’t know if she had it, but anyone who isn’t taking this isolation and social distancing seriously (especially if it’s because you think you’ll be fine) please re think your decisions and who it could impact. I was a bit dismissive of the panic at first and thought maybe some people were being over the top worrying but do what you’ve got to do people. I’ll be the last to compete about a lockdown now, and I certainly couldn’t care less what happens with football anymore. please stay safe everyone x
  10. 28 points
    Concussion precaution so hardly 'sick note' as it will have been taken out of his hands
  11. 27 points
    Firstly we should have read out the away team before kick off then Bobby could have received the reception he deserved and we would move on. As for the muppets that booed him - it was embarrassing and they should be ashamed he gave 100% for us. Having to make up for this by clapping an opponent who is about to take a corner is even more difficult. What a great gesture from the Fulham Manager who instead of pushing for a winner in the last few mins gave Bobby the chance for a decent send off. We should have managed this much better.
  12. 26 points
    Maybe they'll replace The Killers with The Cure.
  13. 26 points
    Has slid under the radar to some degree Ive read about , and heard about , others experience of Jerry’s work and had personal experience too. Yet to hear anyone he hasn’t done the maximum to help and a lot of his work will never reach the public domain All whilst integrating himself into a change of career and new job And , As good as a supporter as it gets Just wondering if the Club has made a better appointment in a number of years Joins the ranks of Tins and Scotty in terms of a perfect fit Keep up the excellent work Jerry
  14. 24 points
    Fantastic game from him. Reminded me of the player he was in 17/18. Driving at players. All action. He looked confident today.
  15. 23 points
  16. 22 points
    Two minutes in and he refers to Brownhill as a “Lee Johnson identity cog”
  17. 21 points
    If you don’t know how to wash your or hands, or how long to do it for, please sing the following in your head:
  18. 21 points
    Here is an Academy player who has gone on and played in the Premier League. What is not to like. I don't understand why on earth anybody would want to boo him. Winning the penalty and scoring it at the Etihad is one of many fond memories he has given me in a City shirt. I am really proud to say that he played for us.
  19. 21 points
    Wish I could be accompanied with my old dad...................love him to be at the Gate with me again like when I was a boy
  20. 20 points
    So sad ... maybe not of coronavirus but still a hero for giving up ventilator RIP x
  21. 20 points
    Is it just me? The world has become such a vastly different place so quickly and staying safe & looking after your friends and family has become so important that I honestly haven’t had time to miss football at all. I couldn’t tell you who we were supposed to be playing today either as the iPhone calendar has gone and the OS has removed them too. Have I gone mad or is football just not as important as we used to think it was?
  22. 20 points
    Quick answer - 'Spanish Flu' was believed to originate in Texas from WW1 vets - of hispanic origin. Healthcare was non-existent as the war crippled millions upon millions of troops and civillians - anti-biotics were just being invented. Spanish Flu killed between 50 - 100 million worldwide As with COViD 19 - the figures here will be vague - did the old lady die from the virus or her 25 yrs of asthma damage? Unless tested you'll never know, and we don't have enough kits for the living let alone the dead. In Western Europe - the answer is simply - no. There is enough healthcare to limit the damage - but 250,000 dead would not be unexpected at the end. USA will be lethal for the uninsured and highly populated poor countries like India and Pakistan, African nations will be decimated. I would honestly expect the toll in those countries to be in the millions by the end - but again, we will never know for sure. 3rd world, poor Islamic countries will be the worst as they simply will not adhere to any kind of instruction if it involves Allah. Iran probably has 100,000 dead (again we will never know, but videos and satellite imagery shows over-flowing morgues and vast areas of pits and piles of lime......) - but again, led by the lunatic Imans Iranians have attacked and overpowered security and massed at religions sites to kiss icons one after the other in their thousands. It's suicide frankly, but thats religion for you. So, overall I'd say 'Western' level healthcare countries with strong social control over the population movement will do the best (although look at you guys in the pubs, and us Australians having to put armed troops on beaches to stop the ####### idiots massing in the thousands) Next level - USA Then semi-developed nations like Mexico,Georgia,Thailand Bottom of the pile - as I said above, poor countries that put religion above health care. The death toll WILL be in the millions by the end in those places. For the Wealthy west, after the virus, prepare for the worst poverty since WW2. We have now have had to put armed Police in Supermarkets as workers have been stabbed and assaulted, and pensioners bashed in the car parks. Some f uckwit stole all boxes of sanitiser and 90% of our high-protection masks from Theatre/ICU stores yesterday. I am currently working using the same mask with sanitary menstrual pads changed every case. I'm not a real fan of people at the moment - this is really bringing out the worst in some. One of our nurses was bashed unconcious because she wouldn't let someone with a cough and temp into ICU before staff and security could get to her. 24 years old, probably infected and sick herself, and now needs plates and screws to put her face back together, before her missing teeth can be put back. Trying to help people. I honestly despair at society today. Sorry - I'm tired and pissed off. I'm back again working tonight, but I can say that we do appear to have slowed the virus here (just slowed it) - but if our PM grew a pair and implemented full lockdown for 6-8 weeks, we could actually stop it. I have little confidence he will. I need sleep. I'll answer anymore questions when I get some time (if anyone cares!)
  23. 19 points
    Adam’s Family i see Flinty looking dapper with his bow tie . John Gorman. Ray Wilkins Luke Freeman in front of Flinty Lee in stripey T shirt Greta Thunberg front left .
  24. 19 points
    Pretty fed up of people having ‘political’ arguments on this. Whether you like Boris or not, I think it’s pretty clear to see that he is taking the advice of the eminent experts of our country - he isn’t making it all up himself! This is a totally unprecedented situation and no one, in any country, knows how to handle this. Our ‘experts’ are attempting a softly softly approach rather than an immediate lockdown. Other countries have done differently. It’s not a political point of view. It’s not Boris making these recommendations. Please, he’s not bright enough. Let’s quit the political arguments. We are in the very early days of a very lengthy and deadly situation and no one has any clue yet what the best way to deal with this is. Let’s just abide by the advice being given. If you don’t agree that schools should be open - you are free to make your own choice and keep your kids at home. If you don’t agree that pubs shouldn’t be open - make your own choice and don’t go to one. If you don’t agree that you shouldn’t have close contact with your elderly relatives - make your own choice and go and see them as much as you want. No government is gonna get this right. However, ours is relying on us, as a general public, not to be a bunch of disrespectful pricks and to act with due care and attention to the situation. I personally have been very wary to keep a distance from people over this last week. I’m amazed that when I took my daughter to school this morning there were people still congregating so close together and happily nattering away in close-contact. I kept my distance, dropped her off and went home without coming within 2 metres of anyone. It’s easy to do, if you want to. Our government’s philosophy at the moment is that people act responsibly - sadly many people aren’t taking this seriously. The death rates will not be the responsibility of anyone on government. We are all able to make our own choices. The continual ignorance of the population is what will cause more deaths than anything the government have decided so far. Quit the political nonsense folks and batten down your hatches. They’re giving you a personal choice to do this at the moment. If you don’t all start acting responsibly then they will have to force it upon you via martial law. And then you’ll really have something to complain about. I find it baffling that people are trying to blame Johnson for a fricking pandemic, accuse him of not doing enough, and then still **** off to the pub of a night anyway. Unbelievable.
  25. 19 points
    I absolutely hate MBB, I have no idea how anyone finds it remotely funny. That and the One Show makes me want to kick my tv in.
  26. 19 points
    In your narrow world maybe I’d have had him in any squad we’ve had since he played here
  27. 19 points
    9 out of 10 of us are bored of it too.
  28. 19 points
    Cmon Fordy...do you really think the players were acting? Even if there has been a 'fall out'... that's normal at any Club when disappointed after poor performances. Coach has words, players have words. Doesn't mean he's lost the Squad. Imo...if a player gets dropped or told why he isn't playing, then you grow some and try to get better...not sulk. Taylor Moore is a great example of doing the former. Some of the stuff written on here recently is pure fantasy. Yes we all want entertaining, quality football, some form of 'identity'...but with a few games to go and still in with a shout of play offs, surely support and 'Cmon lads pull this shit around'...would be more beneficial right now than the continual pulling apart of every aspect of the Club. All that can be done when there's nothing left to play for. All I see is pressure needlessly piling on the players and Coaches...when it's hard enough as it is without it. Not aimed at you...but in general. We've still got a chance of pulling things around...positivity is far better. If people want rid of him...do it all after the season. Just think the lads need support.
  29. 18 points
    405,000 signed up to act as NHS volunteers,makes you proud and shows this country isn’t just made up of selfish arseholses
  30. 18 points
  31. 18 points
    LLDDLLDWLLLDLLDDLLDWLLL The Mem has now become a Welsh railway station...
  32. 18 points
    A report from The Southend News Network Hospitals in Southend On Sea in Essex have been moved to ‘Black Alert’ this evening after hundreds of local people died of shock at the news that Southend United had finally won a game. As soon as it was confirmed that The Shrimpers had overcome the footballing behemoth that is Bristol Rovers by three goals to one, 999 operators were swamped with phone calls reporting the casualties. One witness said, ‘Nobody could quite believe what they were seeing.’ ‘Like all good Southend United fans who live within a five-minute walk of the ground, I was watching my beloved West Ham on some sort of illegal streaming service and watching the goal alerts from Roots Hall come flying in, when all of a sudden I looked out of the window and there were people lying on the floor all over the place.’ ‘Sol Campbell should be given the freedom of the town for this achievement. No idea why he would want it because I wouldn’t personally wander around it freely after 4pm, but it’s a monumental feat of footballing excellence none the less.’ It’s been an excellent week for the club, with the three points coming straight after the club announced that planning permission for the proposed new stadium at Fossetts Farm has reached the final, ultimate, never-to-be-repeated, terminal, rubber-stamped, don’t tell the Revenue or Sainsbury’s stage. United were hit with yet another ‘Winding Up’ order on Monday, mainly because the owner can’t f*cking stop winding the fans up.
  33. 18 points
    Like the anniversary - it’s 126 years - that aside, we could have had Cotts walking on carrying the two trophies from that momentous season, we could have had Terry Cooper announced as the guy who turned our club around and played the 1983 Eastville footage and the 1986 Wembley footage - we could have talked at length about the Ashton Gate 8 and all that happened around that time, we could have lauded the squad that won 14 league games in a row in 1905 - we could have waxed lyrical about the team that got to the FA Cup Final etc etc etc etc - but no ...
  34. 17 points
    No doubt he was quite philosophical about it.
  35. 17 points
  36. 17 points
    The current squad has the potential to ‘excite’ us - but are you really ‘excited’ or experiencing ‘excitement’ whilst watching them at the moment? The ‘Go find another team’ comment to those who may have the temerity to disagree with you @Hampshire Red is a bit tiresome and argumentative - supporters and fans of Bristol City FC are perfectly entitled to have the opinion that our head coach talks a fair amount of tripe and express the view that his team doesn’t ‘excite’ us without getting the ‘superfan’ treatment from your good self ...
  37. 17 points
    I think the hard truth is we're just a solid plucky top 10 team. One or two top 6 players sprinkled in, Wells, Kalas, Bentley. Maybe Eliasson in certain situations. The fact is look at our midfield compared to Fulham today, we have no players close to the class of the likes of Cairney, Arter, Kamara even Knockeart coming off the bench. Same against Leeds, Phillips, Hernandez etc. We rely on people like COD, Paterson, Weimann or Fam etc to have excellent games, if they drop off to play an average game, it's just simply not top 6 class. It's plain as day now IMO - we don't have enough of the players with the raw strength, speed or technical ability as the best teams in this division.
  38. 16 points
    As well as asking for public money to prop up his business, Branson is also telling his staff to go without pay for eight weeks. Sell your tropical island, you bearded ****, and pay them half money at least
  39. 16 points
    Really good interview and informative.
  40. 16 points
    What’s upset me most about this whole Corona Virus episode has been the dismissal of older people and those more vulnerable by lots of younger people. Don’t they have older relatives ? Don’t they know anybody who has diabetes, heart disease, etc ? For me it’s really confirmed what I had feared about society , that it’s become selfish in a way that it’s never been before.
  41. 16 points
    I watched it live and just watched it again over brekkie. Niki: The Good - 2 top-class saves,really really good, loud commanding voice, organises defence very well at corners and free kicks The Best - FINALLY - one player has stepped up and taken control of distribution from the back. After the usual 15-20 mins of playing the ball out to Baker or Kalas - often in our own penalty area, with the usual pointless result of 4 passes and a long hoof, Niki clearly had enough of it. 15 - 20 time he simply ignored one of ours coming into the area or 5 yrds outside to claim to ball, and gestured for them to push up. Every goal kick the same (unless there was a quick break on) - pushed the defence up to at least 5m before the half way. What a difference after that, we were able to actually link play and our mids weren't having to go box to box all game to support the strikers. More men in the middle, better passing, more shots. Hopefully LJ will ditch the playing out 5m into our own box as its plain stupid with the players we have. The Bad - oh Niki maaaate! Dropping a catch 8m out from goal with 30 secs left wasn't doing my Blood Pressure any good - and how lucky not to conceed a penalty. The ref completely bottled it. From the Lansdown, it looked ok - but from the Atyeo Camera view which was shown 4 or 5 times - absolute nailed on penalty. The Fulham player could easily have been badly injured, as Niki just took him out at the knees BEFORE getting the ball back. Overall though - a massive part of getting a point today, great game, as has for me won the starting place from Bentley. Well played Niki, great game.
  42. 16 points
    The loud criticism of Massengo from some is both embarrassing and IMHO inaccurate Firstly some of our fan base chose the 18 year old as our whipping boy yesterday , for any flaws or weaknesses we have , blame the 18 year old player - wow Secondly , like you Dave I thought he was decent and better than Korey on the day (Both worked hard and ‘ratted’) They had their work cut out against Cairney and Arter (Who though despicable was excellent yesterday - as well as I’ve seen him for Fulham) Massengo has quick feet and is one of few that creates angles for teamates - (in a better technical side, with similar around him I’d predict he’d rarely lose the ball ) I lost count the number of times yesterday he had to hold onto the ball due to lack of options or movement from those around him Given the chance Massengo passes first time or at worse two touch At one point one of the centre backs passed the ball into his feet with Massengo facing his own goal and a Fulham player right up his backside , and with no easy first time option for Massengo Massengo gets challenged and they win the loose ball , and a fair section of fans openly moaned at Massengo ! No one mentions Kalas charging out with the ball in first half and getting robbed leaving us wide open , Cairney bursting towards the penalty area with the ball - Massengo reacts the quickest and harries and nibbles at Cairney step by step , stopping Cairney picking his spot and eventually getting us the ball back - No ones mentioned that , or several other times he recognised danger and put out a fire Hes far from a finished or fully developed answer but he’s EIGHTEEN ffs Plenty of people to question before Massengo
  43. 16 points
    He only got injured because he's fearless and didn't bottle out of a challenge with Kamara today. Most people would have got out of the way of the Man Mountain running full pelt at them not Baks he stood his ground and unfortunately got injured for his trouble. I would far prefer a player to play wholeheartedly than bottle out of everything. Can't believe he gets criticised for being a full blooded competitor.
  44. 16 points
    Is there anything that you're not an expert on?
  45. 16 points
    Just imagine this forum if we were 7th for deep completions and xG but 21st in the table...
  46. 16 points
    Seems most of our players out on loan are doing incredibly well. The sooner we can bring them back and ruin them again, the better. If we can do it to Championship players of the month, we can surely do it to league one players of the season.
  47. 15 points
    Couple of remarks from asschat Because rest assured, this club is on the edge of oblivion. Even genuine City fans sympathise with us at the moment with the people running our club Um I don’t think we do
  48. 15 points
    [Evening quarantine fans. Back in the early days of the internet there were some City fans who communicated via an email group and that's where I first started posting despatches from the odd away game - mainly to return the favour for others who did the same when I couldn't afford it or had been banned by my mum. By the power of old VHS tapes and internet archives, I've recreated the day for you (minus the alcohol) with both the TV highlights and my actual email from the day - proving once and for all my reports bare no relation to what actually happens.] At the start of the match, 3 points was our expectation and hope, and in the closing stages of the game it was also very much our target. But that badly underestimates what went between. To be perfectly honest, for most of the game City fans would have taken a point if it had been offered. And if it wasn't for Jim Brennan and Bo Andersen being in exceptional form, even a point would have been way out of reach. A large away support filled Stockport's uncovered terraced end, whilst more City fans took their seats in the main stand away to our right. Although it is hard to believe from what followed, the game kicked off in bright sunshine... The main source of amusement pre-match was that the home side had hired pop-rap combo East 17 to do a spot of work on the turf in the away end penalty area. (You had to be there…). City fans were ominously silent pregame, but then erupted at kick off (punctuated by a well respected minutes silence for Hillsborough) to fill the ground with noise, and shame the embarrassingly silent home fans. There isn't really much that can be said about the first half. Neither side played particularly attractive football, but to say City were flattered to go in at half time with a 0-0 draw was an understatement. Stockport - a strong physical quick to break side - could quite easily have been several goals ahead by the interval, against a woefully lacklustre City side, who did have ideas, but were struggling badly to put them into effect, not least because the striking partnership of Torpey and Andersen was well shackled by the County central defence. A run through of the early action is difficult, because it remains a nasty blur in my mind. City were struggling to get the ball through midfield, and Torpey's height advantage was of no value in the first half against huge defenders. At the back City defended very nervously, and very slow and un-assuredly. Even Taylor was making mistakes, and Sebok, although wonderfully gifted, was frustrating with cultured - but effectively weak - clearances. The prime culprit (for much of the game in fact) was Louis Carey, who - as is surely now obvious - is not a right back. He's a great central defender, but on the right his hesitancy, pace and reactions are badly exposed. His positioning is also very poor, which allowed Stockport to get around him with little difficulty and get the ball into the box. Sebok was working flat out to cover for Carey's mistakes, which pulled him out of the middle, and opened more holes for Stockport. All this added up to far too much possession for Stockport. Several easy chances were spurned by the Stockport strikers, blazing high, wide, left, right, and anywhere but the goal. Tony Ellis was most guilty, with only the keeper to beat, he launched a shot over the away end. City's poor clearances kept the pressure on, and there were a series of nerve jangling penalty area scrambles, where the mystery of Stockport's failiure to score was almost of X-Files proportions. In one incident, a minute long pinball session inside the City 6 yard box had somehow failed to deliver a goal, when a decisive shot was made. As it headed low over the line towards the bottom right, Torpey somehow (and I emphasise somehow because it was a miracle) managed to slide in and hook the ball up and over the bar. The basic laws of maths, physics, trajectories, trigonometry etc. went out the window as the striker managed to change the ball's direction by 90 degrees up into the air, and send it behind and out for a corner. But even this first half magic was surpassed by Bo Andersen, who had an absolute stormer. First, with Stockport ready to unload a fairly simple goalbound shot from 15 yards out, Bo sprinted forward and dived bravely to smother the shot. Then - and most impressively - Bo confirmed the comparisons with countryman Schmeichel. Another period of County pressure, and another short cross floated across the box. A County head went up only a couple of yards out, to bury what really was a certain goal. Showing unbelievable reactions, Bo managed to swing his arm across the block the shot. Schmeichel has performed similar point blank snap saves from close range headers in European ties, for which he has received massive plaudits. It is only right we recognise Bo's effort too, as an absolutely world class save from an almost certain goal. Stockport's domination seemed to garner little noise or support from their silent supporters, and with the large away support subdued by City's first half struggle, portions of the half were played out to eerie quiet. At the other end of the pitch, City's only efforts - particularly during one mid first half bright spell of possession (possession really being the key factor all game) were attempted headers from Tinnion and Brennan crosses. Torpey was dealt with well for the most part, and Andersen, whilst impressive holding the ball up and executing tricks to juggle the ball back and forth away from the attention of opponents, was providing very little passing or end product. Sebok went close with a header from a corner, whilst Carey ended a good run by being set through on goal, into the box, only to fall under the challenge, but see no sympathy for his penalty claims. At half time, Stockport could have been in a commanding lead. As it was the game was still tied, and there was all to play for. But whilst City supporters rallied around the team, a demand for Lennartsson and co. to 'sort it out' was in evidence. And so it was. The second half seemed to be transformed by what I can only assume was some very astute tactical changes and pointers to their players from both managers. A far more open affair, with both sides appearing to play well to their strengths: Stockport using strength and speed to break quickly and dangerously onto long balls, and City to play steady passing, and then incisive wing interplay to set up chances. Unfortunately, it became increasingly difficult to appreciate the subtle differences of the second half, due mainly to the fact that we were getting drowned in the away end. That's right - the sky had clouded over at half time, and before the players restarted the heavens opened and sent torrential heavy rain and hail stones down onto the standing uncovered City fans on the away terrace. (And all for the very reasonable figure of £13.. thanks for nothing Stockport). This wasn't just your average passing spring shower. With supporters soaked to the skin midway through the second half, and rain still falling heavily, we kind of imagined we might be leaving the ground on an Ark. Strangely, this experience was to work in our favour, as the majority of fans (i.e. everyone but the babies who went and hid behind the shelter of a wall on one of the Stockport stands) decided that instead of standing dripping and shivering, they would raise the volume, and whip up massive support. Unfortunately, in the opening exchanges of this half, City were still lacklustre, and Stockport eventually took a long overdue lead through Tony Ellis. This led to some of the most bizarre scenes ever seen, which surely left the home sides passionless support reeling in confusion, as the City setback was greeted by the away support increasing the noise, and bouncing up and down to a chant, led admirably by a couple of bare-chested nutters who saw fit to ignore the weather, and remove their City tops and swing them above their head. I would imagine that a pub team would need a damn good excuse to not respond to this kind of bewildering and overwhelming backing, and unsurprisingly (once again the 1 goal defecit also a catalyst) City settled into their game and actually played football. The ball was stroked around midfield without Stockport getting a look in, and within minutes City had equalised. After a couple of short passes, Brennan found himself breaking into the box from the left, and having skipped past one tackle, had a sight of goal. A striker may have been excused for missing from here, but Brennan seems to be putting in a late run to challenge Akinbiyi for player of the season honours, and fired a perfect low shot past the keeper into the far corner. Professional photographers who like to capture brilliant and 'artistic' pictures of moments which capture the spirit and emotion of football would have had a field day at this point. Brennan - celebrating his first goal for the club - punched the air and ran towards the 'flooded' away terraces, where supporters were going mental. Supporters ran, slid and jumped their way forward down the streams that were once terracing, to converge at the side of the pitch and mob Brennan. Players joined in, and any snapshot at this point would have captured the sheer passion and deisre that goes with supporting or playing for Bristol City Football Club. I won't forget the sight rain-soaked fans looking up at the dark badly overcast sky and punching the air, or of torrents of water splashing and spraying everywhere as supporters released the tension of the poor performance and awful conditions, by mobbing Brennan. This fired City up more, and the side continued to play brightly, looking for 3points. Tinnion, Brown and Brennan were carving open the left, and Howells was beginning to set the pace of the game, and take control in central midfield. For the first time in the game, City weren't giving away possession, and as a result the defence were not under pressure, and City were able to press forward. But for all their efforts, the two strikers were getting little change in midfield, and Andersen in particular had clearly run out of ideas and was less and less of a threat with every attack. Stockport were still dangerous breaking forward off long balls, and it was on one such move that Bo Andersen decided to remind City supporters who it was that had kept us in the game. Stockport worked the ball forward well, and the ball fell to a midfielder 25 yards out who struck the kind of perfect rising spinning shot towards the top left corner that has gone in, every time this season. In fact for the second time in the match, most supporters were already in 'Oh ****ing hell they've scored' mode, especially with Bo standing closer to the right post. I think the netting inside the left post was already extending back in anticipation of the goal, when Bo sprung, with absolutely world class reactions, to dive high to his right, and effectively fly through the air, and get a fingertip to what was a perfectly and powerfully hit ball. 1 exceptional save in a game is brilliant. 2 exceptional saves, and it's confirmation that we have a real real talent on our hands. It didn't matter of course. It was all academic as Stockport went back into the lead anyway. City's pressure and play had dropped again, and on another County attack, from our poor vantage point through rain at the other end of the pitch, it seemed a striker was given far too much time in the box, with very little of help coming from the close attentions of our defence, which ultimately led to the striker rifling the ball past Bo. I didn't have a good view, but Bo had a go at his defenders afterwards (to keep up his excellent impression of Schmeichel) so I imagine they were somewhat at fault. For the most part, this was curl up and die time. Rain sheeting down, City have gone behind again, and basically just another kick in the teeth in such a horrible season. We gloomily reflected, that as with everything else that passed since kick off, we'd be more than happy with a point. But City weren't done. Some more bright and enterprising play, and then Tinnion fired home his second in seven days. The continuing downpour, and the shivering blurred this goal in my memory, but it was another smart and well excuted finish, which was again greeted by explosive celebrations, which included Cramb, in substitutes tracksuit, a long way onto the pitch, and confirming to us that he still holds the club in very high regards. For the first time in the game, 3 points became a possibility, a hope, and the players certainly proved they were up for it too. Tinnion and Brennan continued to link up well, and the space that opened up on the pitch was in sharp contrast to the first half. City were able to pass the ball across midfield from one wing to the other, and construct well worked moves. Unfortunately the ease in which this was happening led to several lazy passes which lost possession, but on the whole, City were threatening strongly for the first time in the game. Andersen and Brown were withdrawn for Goodridge, and the very popular introduction of Cramb. But for a few moments of worry at the other end (not helped by Carey continuing an awful performance of positioning and awareness) City played brightly for the final moments of the game, but found that but for the enterprise of Tinnion, Brennan, Howells and Locke, the final chance was often snuffed out, and final balls were being cut out. Cramb was roaming around deep on the wings and in midfield, eagerly looking for possession, and to link up the attack, and there was a good reminder of Cramb’s abilities as he collected the ball with his back to goal in midfield, and then rampaged forward, leading his teammates forward into the box. Goodridge had a few bright moments very late on, breaking in from the wing, and getting down to the edge of the area. Unfortunately this left the ball all too often on his un-favoured left foot, and he chose to pass more often than not, which did keep up City's late run of possession, but rarely threatened. The final action of note was another strong City attack, and the ball finding its way to Goodridge at an acute angle 15 yards out from goal towards the right wing. The keeper was just off his line, with half a mind on the City attackers near him, and there was a small gap for a difficult shot inside the keeper at the near post. It was a chance, but Goodridge fired high and wide of the target, when he should have at least forced the keeper to make a save. So the 3 points that was very much the target at kick off, was again the target when the final whistle of another strangely long injury time period blew, but in the end it was a point won, a point that we would have been happy with on the balance of play for most of the game. A word for the match officials, and in particular two absolutely awful linesman. Lennartsson was consistently furious with them for a never-ending series of bewildering decisions, awarding throw ins the wrong way, failing to see clear handballs, a typical selection of impossible offside decisions, and an inability to inform the referee of incidents they had a clear view of. In addition, the lack of consistency from the referee, and his eagerness to book City players, but not their counterparts, was also confusing. Within a second half minute, Brown was booked for barging an opponent out of the way and sending him sprawling, and seconds later an identical incident happened in reverse at the other end, leaving Locke lieing against an advertising hoarding, but nothing was done. The game also threatened to boil over on several occasions in the second half. First a confrontation resulted in a Stockport defender lashing out at Torpey. Torpey walked away, with the culprit talking to the referee. But the referee called Torpey across, and gave both a talking too. How the defender escaped a booking only the referee knows. Then, more seriously, an Andersen run was curtailed by a defender, it was unclear what happened, but the defender seemed to blatantly lash out at Andersen - this was certainly the opinion of everyone I was with. Players converged, Locke particularly aggrieved, and Torpey came across, more than anything else I thought, to break up the players. The end result was that Torpey was booked, and nothing for anyone else. The linesman had a clear view of this, and was rightly on the end of some serious anger from a very animated Lennartsson. On the day, it was certainly a point gained, but on reflection at the standard of opposition, it was worrying that we so struggled for much of the game and failed to take any more than the single point. Whilst current form is good, with seemingly tougher fixtures ahead, it will need another step up in performances if we are going to get out of what still worrying seems to be a very difficult task ahead. In other words, there was further display of City's new found grit and determination today, but in the end analysis, I'm less optimistic than I was this time last week. Andersen 10 - Several superb saves. Put simply, if not for his saves, we could have lost by several goals Brennan 9 - What can you say about him. Class. Absolute class. His foray forward from which he scored, was one of many, he was always lively and dangerous, he linked up well with Tinnion, he tested the keeper with a free kick, and as a defender, there was the small matter of outpacing and tackling opponents, and clearing danger. I don't know what he's on, but I'd love some! Carey 5 - Very poor. I have never believed him a capable right back, and here was further proof. Slow to react, and poor positioning let him down Taylor 6 - Some good moments, but for Taylor an untypically below par showing Sebok 6 - Clearly an excellent player (one exceptional first half tackle outside the box) but not always applying the necessary power to his accurate clearances. To be fair, he was struggling with Carey in his quarter of the pitch, but a generally solid performance Locke 6 - An average game from Locke. There wasn't too much of note, but his usual steady contribution Howells 6 - A mixture of lazy passes and anonymity in the first half, until City started playing, when he controlled the pace of the game, and kept possession and passing flowing with sensible and assured play Brown 6 - Another average performance. Some moments of youthful enterprise and good balance, and also some moments of reluctance to get stuck in, and carelessness with possession. (sub Goodridge) Tinnion 7 - Wasn't always hitting the right notes with his passing, fairly careless and wasteful, but an integral part of our left wing production line, and a well taken goal Torpey 6 - His best moment was an unbelievable goalline clearance that had the crowd singing his name. Only a certain amount of hold up play, and his much vaunted value against Stockport with height transpired to be very little, and very inneffective. As a target man, he was always a threat, but was never truly dangerous, and never really tested the keeper Andersen 6 - Good control and hold up play, but no idea what to do with the ball, how to pass, and his good intentions usually ended up dwelling on the ball and losing posession. Not direct or quick enough. Benny obviously had half time words, because he started passing wide to Tinnion in the second half, but generally he was getting no change from the big physical defenders. (sub Cramb)
  49. 15 points
    But it was against Villa so praise the lord
  50. 15 points
    Much worse things in the world to worry about
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