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  1. Sorry, wasn’t thinking straight. I asked on the assumption you’d seen the game - and then realised it was away. He must be getting close now, I guess, at least fitness-wise, albeit at that level. Match sharpness and 90 mins at Championship level is something else again, of course, but encouraging nevertheless.
  2. Thanks for this. I see Korey got more game time. How’s he looking? Did he do the full 90?
  3. If we want to dwell on missed opportunities and ones that got away, I feel we should be thinking about Woodrow, not Elisa. I may be in a minority, but I’m not the only one who saw something in him and regretted the fact that, like Elisa, he wasn’t trusted and was given very few chances to establish himself in the team. He must have left regretting he came here and thinking it had been a waste of his time. I believe we had him on loan with an option to buy. Had a good season in a L1 promotion-winning side last year and has made a decent start to this campaign, considering he’s playing at a club that is quite likely to find life tough at the higher level. Two goals last night against the league leaders. I wouldn’t have minded having him here.
  4. Isn't Derek Williams Irish, or of Irish descent? I know it seems unlikely with a surname that is more often associated with Welsh ancestry (and maybe I'm having a senior moment here), but I seem to recall him being considered for Irish representative honours at some level at one early stage in his career. Perhaps I'm confusing him with someone else: I'm sure someone will correct me. The other name that will mean something to old gits like me is Tommy Casey, who in the terminology of the day played left half (i.e. no. 6, for all you post-baby boom youngsters). He was an Irish international and a very classy player at City's (then) level.* He came once to my old school to do a bit of coaching and I still remember it. Lovely bloke and I learned more in about an hour then I did in all the rest of my school sports sessions. *Edit: this was late 50s/early 60s. You pipped me by a matter of seconds, Major.
  5. One of those sadly all too rare cases where justice is finally done. Great news and a huge pat on the back for all those very determined people who refused to give up in the face of this shameful misuse of power. Very well done to all concerned.
  6. Is it our preferred formation, though? It seemed that LJ went three at the back at least partly as a response to the Dasilva injury. We are currently playing in whatever shape is dictated by the available resources. I don’t think he will know his best team or how he wants to set up for some time, until he has a more or less full squad to select from and has seen enough of the new signings to be sure who he most trusts.
  7. And I don’t disagree with you, either, but would just point out that was a reflection of the game as a whole - it was the team and not just NE who was less effective.
  8. Has been questioned in the past as to his performances when starting, with it often being suggested his value is as an impact player coming off the bench. In fact, I thought his first half display was absolutely terrific and with better decision making/finishing we might have had one or even two more goals by HT as a result of a stream of dangerous balls from NE. More of the same, please.
  9. Very sorry to hear this. Very much part of my memories of supporting City as a kid. Used to eagerly devour his match reports, regardless of whether I had actually seen the game for myself or not. He made a great contribution to local sports journalism and deserves all the respect he's being shown on the forum, which is good to see. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be fondly remembered.
  10. Brearley is something of a rarity in sport. In fact, it's probably beyond rare: I suspect he's unique. My professional life finished a long time ago, but I had a lot of involvement in the fields of both applied psychology and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and though I knew many therapists, I never knowingly met one who had been a top level professional sportsman or woman. He did indeed become a full-blown psychoanalyst, but even before he became one of the very few people to complete that training (not many can afford to, for a start), he showed a degree of sophistication in his understanding of people that is uncommon in sport. His leadership and captaincy skills were exceptional. Imagine having the job of telling Ian Botham what to do. Brearley not only managed that massive personality; he actually got the best out of him. A remarkable and very interesting man. The book on captaincy I can recommend. It wouldn't do dome coaches and managers any harm to study it, either. I wonder if LJ is familiar with it? (Though to be fair to him, I think Lee shows signs of being, on the whole, a pretty good man manager.) Edit: And as an afterthought in response to Nibor's comments on language, with which I largely agree, I would hazard a guess that Brearley would have been very much of the plain English persuasion. Fancy asking Beefy what USP he was bringing to the table. The response to that would have been unprintable (and just possibly physically violent).
  11. Erikssen was regarded by quite a few in the game as flaky and a chancer, a view I tend to agree with. Venables was also a dodgy geezer in many ways, but arguably the most astute tactician England have had and a proper football man through and through.
  12. Maybe we should start rating OTIB members according to this criterion. What, for example, would be Robbored’s USP?
  13. Feisty, to put it mildly. Spoken to by the ref on more than one occasion about a running battle with Schneiderlin and must have been close to a yellow card, which is probably why he got subbed eventually. Confident and not fazed at all by facing PL opposition. Didn’t do a huge amount with the ball as Lincoln were out of possession for much of the game, but Joe was aggressive and assertive and gave a good account of himself. Has begun very well there and if he continues in that vein he will have a good season and come back a better player for it, much as Moore has from Southend, especially as in Joe’s case he will also have the added experience and confidence boost of being called up to the Wales squad (where he might be rubbing shoulders with Ashley Williams, who of course is currently a City player himself). All good, as far as I can see.
  14. Not entirely surprising to see Joe withdrawn. Think his manager may have decided he was a yellow card waiting to happen.
  15. Yep. There’s a toughening-up process that they go through that simply can’t be replicated in age-group football. Walsh has no shortage of ability, but a full season of the kind of experience Joe’s currently getting would make a world of difference to his football education.
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