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  1. Quiet afternoon at work - too much thinking time ! I reckon another 7 points and we make the playoffs, could possibly be as few as 6. Win against Reading is crucial but as they are in a relegation battle of their own this could be our toughest match. Lets hope it doesn't come down to the last game against Hull away
  2. He is another player in this team that just gets better and has benefited from LJ's patience. He is still learning - a couple of wayward passes just outside the 18 yard box in the second half that led to West Brom attacks, and also that shot/blast on goal when he should have squared it. That aside he gave them the run around all night !
  3. He is a great team player, and it was lovely to see that act of unselfishness last night. Whats even better is that a few others in the team are starting to behave in the same way. Fammy was also awesome last night, he gave the West Brom centre halves the run around, they must have hated playing against him. You have to love how passionate he and Matty Taylor are, something that has been missing at Ashton Gate for many a season. I know Flint had his moments but the last time I witnessed it was when Tammy Abraham was on loan with us - and to see how professional and passionate he was when he knew his career was heading away from Aston Gate just showed his class. Its that sort of behavior that lifts the crowd and the rest of the team - keep it up boys
  4. How many of us (myself included) were calling for LJ to be sacked a couple of years ago when we had that horrendous run of defeats? Fast forward 2 years and look where we are now ! The CV reads Carabao cup semi finalists, wins against multiple premier League teams including the historic night against Man Utd, and one of the few teams to genuinely give Man City a fright. Our best run in the FA cup for decades followed this season, and we now sit 5th in the championship table with 8 games left to play. Hats off to SL for giving LJ the time to learn from mistakes and build a team from the bottom up. I’m not sure how LJ does it - I’m left scratching my head at some team selections and tactical decisions - but he is the guy responsible for all of that success and has rewarded SL’s patience for sure. He will continue to make the odd mistake and cost us a game or two here and there but I’m sure he learns from every mistake. Now if he could just get himself a new voice he’d have the Premier League clubs fighting for his signature ! Actually it’s just as well he is who he is
  5. Credit where it is due - we put up a solid performance against a VERY good Wolves side. I was impressed with them at the gate last year - when they were the stand out team in the division. In all honesty on the balance of play that day and again on Sunday they deserved to beat us. They have a team full of big, strong and very talented players - for which credit has to go to their manager who has done a fantastic job in such a short space of time. If they keep progressing at this rate then they will be a top 6 side every season and challenging for trophies. As for us - it was another good performance. I do worry that we can't score enough goals, and when you look at the top 4 teams in the Championship they all score goals for fun which is why they are where they are. Considering we still have to play pretty much all of the teams in the top half of the table its a concern where the goals will come to give us enough points to sustain our top 6 challenge. That said Middlesbrough and Derby are in the same boat as us - 3 of us fighting for 2 places with perhaps Preston coming out of the pack to mount a challenge. But take nothing away from our journey so far this year, our defence is our strong point, no doubt about it. Webster is a massive talent who can only keep on improving, and alongside Kalas who is without doubt our standout defender they make a solid center half partnership. Just hope we can do something to keep hold of him on loan for another season - or even push the boat out Mr L?
  6. Pre match and for small periods the atmosphere was electric where i was sat. Unfortunately when it mattered most last few minutes before half time and first 10 minutes after it was dead. Poor old Mags will long lament that horrific error that led to the first goal, that's what killed the atmosphere. Nobody really believed we could score 2 goals in the second half without reply. Shame really - at 0-0 at half time I think the gate would have brought the house down when the players came out for the seconf half.
  7. What is Flints true worth - If someone was to table a bid in excess of £5 million id let him go. His goals make him far more valuable than his abilities as a defender IMO.That said he has been a true stalwart for us - he was brilliant in League 1, but I think at Championship level he just about holds his own as a Center half. Personally id like to see how Hegeler gets on playing at Center half alongside Bailey Wright. I thought he looked different class on the ball during his first couple of games - and strikes me as someone who can play the ball out of defence.
  8. Onthefence

    Tomlin

    Tomlin is a bit of a luxury, He reminds me of Mark Gavin or Lee Trundle, plays 2 good games out of 5 and in the other 3 you wonder why he's on the pitch. No doubting his ability, but in a league as competative as the Championship does he really justify a starting place every week ? Perhaps he preferred being the top dog and fan's favouite last season - and Tammy rather stole his thunder this time around. Personally id get rid - we need quality and consistency and players that will give 100% every week.
  9. I had a great view and the atmosphere was pretty good - apart from the bloke behind me who was shouting that was ****ing crap after every misplaced pass we made - that said he had a point !
  10. Have to agree with all the comments on this thread. The lad is an utter professional - he put senior seasoned squad players to shame. He was just about the only player in a city shirt willing to put in a true shift yesterday. So impressed with his attitude and behaviour - and he deserves to reach the top, which I firmly believe he will. It was a pleasure to watch him in a city shirt, he showed more commitment than the majority of the squad combined. Surely thats how every professional footballer should behave. He is a credit to himself and too his parents. Thankyou Tammy - all City fans wish you the very best, and when you start banging the goals in for England in a year or two's time we will all be cheering you on !
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