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CliftonCliff last won the day on October 24 2014

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  1. Total pain in the rectum today. Watched with several mates with whom I was in touch vis Zoom. Every single one of us had issues. I missed BOTH goals and at least 15 minutes of the second half, and only got coverage again by swapping to a different device (from desktop PC to iPad). That then failed as well and had to re-sign in to my account back on the PC. Absolutely lousy service and am thoroughly pissed off.
  2. You can try to justify it as much as you like, but most sensible members of OTIB will regard these tedious rants about particular clubs, players or managers as childish, tiresome and pathetic, and what you fail to realise is that they say far more about you than they ever can about the individual they refer to. All you achieve by it in the long run is a reputation as someone whose posts are not respected or taken seriously, but rather either ignored or regarded with something bordering on contempt. Give it a rest.
  3. And an opinion based on blind prejudice. See Graham’s view above, for comparison. He also dislikes IH, for whatever reason, but can acknowledge that and set it to one side to arrive at a balanced perspective on the issue. Grow up.
  4. Bored senseless. Switched off and went to bed early to read a book, but perhaps that says more about me than it does about the football. It may well change, of course, over the season, and it’s early days, but given the level of transfer activity on the part of Forest, you’d be a bit underwhelmed, to say the least, if you were a fan. Last night’s result notwithstanding, City look quite tidy by comparison.
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    Eminently balanced and sensible. Which more or less guarantees it will be dismissed, attacked or ignored on OTIB. I liked, though, if it’s any consolation.
  6. I don't know. You'd have to ask them. I can only speak for myself. In my case, I think what caught my attention was the disproportionate, excessive criticism of the player. Worst you've seen at AG in many a year (really?), wouldn't pay a tenner to watch a game in future if you knew in advance that he was on the team sheet (wow!); runs around a lot and does nothing, etc. etc. Doesn't really sound like you were just having a laugh, does it? I think in the context of all that, your somewhat incongruous reference to custard pies went over my head. Like I said, maybe just irony failure on
  7. Perhaps it’s because, like me, they failed to detect any trace of irony. I guess the rest of us must just be out of step with your sense of humour...
  8. Nothing wrong with constructive criticism. However, sometimes it can be not so much what you say, but how you say it that evokes the kind of response I think you may be referring to. Have you considered that possibility at all?
  9. That’s a good post. Clear and well argued. Saves me the trouble of typing it, in fact, as it accords pretty closely with what I think myself. And I think you may also be right that with injured players gradually returning and the window closing, things should settle by around mid-October, from which point we should have a better idea of what our preferred midfield will look like (provided, of course, that we don’t sustain more significant injuries to key players).
  10. Interesting points well made. Hadn't thought of that. Looking forward to seeing how this one pans out.
  11. Haven't watched anything on EFL before, so have just registered, paid and am hoping for no snags. Does anyone know how far in advance of KO the coverage actually starts?
  12. We’ll have to agree to disagree. In a way, I think you may have inadvertently made my point for me. Yes, Basso had that in him, and I don’t wish to take away from him the individual brilliance of the sort of standout performance you mention. But for me, Dave made the far more insightful point above about keepers who go quietly about their business. The best ones are like good referees: the way you know they’re good is that you hardly notice them. I mentioned Banks above, probably the best I’ve ever seen. He was like that. It’s counter-intuitive, I know, and it’s exciting to see those
  13. Absolutely spot on in all respects. People are suckers for impressive-looking, flying acrobatics. Give me steadiness and reliability over flamboyance any day. I don’t remember Gordon Banks having to fling himself around too much and I defy you to name a better keeper than him. Ask any good defender: they’ll soon tell you what kind of goalie they prefer to have playing behind them.
  14. Also on the subject of Nikki’s distribution, I should perhaps have added to my post above that anyone who thought that aspect of his game was merely “ok” obviously hadn’t spent a couple of seasons watching Frankie hoofing clearance after clearance straight into touch.
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