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  1. chipdawg

    England vs Nigeria

    I'm a bleeding lefty and I don't care about his tattoo- other than it's really shit. Storm in a teacup because The S*n have decided he's to be their tabloid whipping boy (see articles about him using easyJet, buying his mum a bathroom sink and having a nice car)
  2. chipdawg

    England vs Nigeria

    Yup. That said, he's had an excellent season and needs to start imo. So I'd probably play him in the hole where Lingard played and have Rashford with Kane. Vardy is excellent at what he does, but aside from running a lot (and I mean that as a compliment), he offers little outside the 18 yard box. At least Rashford (though inconsistent) offers creativity to go with the pace
  3. chipdawg

    New Shirt Sponsor to be announced

    It's our second so I understand the pure hell we're about to descend into Elliott after Marv (my wife doesn't know he's named after Marv)
  4. chipdawg

    New Shirt Sponsor to be announced

    We had a baby yesterday, so basically no I can't and I don't have the energy or the inclination. However, I would still be willing to bet that if I or anyone was so inclined, I could find more than 1. In that respect, I agree that it's a lazy argument. I made the accusation with no intention of backing it up!
  5. chipdawg

    New Shirt Sponsor to be announced

    The same people bemoaning a betting website sponsor and saying they wished we had a local company sponsor us are the ones who attacked Johnson for not signing bigger name players in January and wanting big name free agents now. You want to compete with Villa or Boro over transfers? This is what it looks like
  6. chipdawg

    Critiquing our Recruitment under MA and LJ

    I think there are some unnecessarily harsh assessments there. Baker is just a green. O'Dowda is just green. Full stop. You can't blame Ashton for a 21 year old player with no injury history getting injured. Same for Pisano and (to a lesser extent) Djuric. Djuric had a spotty injury record before he joined iirc, so I guess the risk was apparent. De Girolamo certainly, but probably Moore and Lucic should be blue; I don't think they were ever discussed as anything other than ones for the future. Steele has been a perfectly adequate free signing. He was brought in as a back up keeper and that's what he's done. Similarly, Ekstrand was a punt; if he'd recovered his fitness he would have been an asset. As it happened, he didn't. I doubt he'd have been on a massive wedge. O'Neill is precisely the player everyone is now clamouring for; an experienced midfielder with a bit of edge to his game. It didn't work out and I think the powers that be need to take some responsibility, but it's also a note of caution for those who want a 'name' now I think the broader point to make is that we as a fantastic got very excited about many of those signings. Eliasson (who may still work out), Moore, Geiffer, Hegeler, Leko were all widely lauded on here. So I'm not sure we're collectively in the best postion to criticise a transfer strategy that most people agreed with at the time. Then again, we're not paid the big bucks to figure these things out. And I do agree that there are some notable flops in there that perhaps need to have some accountability attached to them. I just think your assessment is unduly harsh and not a true reflection of the success of the players when viewed across the whole season
  7. chipdawg

    Difficult place to come !

    Its not so much an excuse as a reason. You see it time and time again that clubs are affected by cup runs like ours. I agree that if it is the factor it appears to be, then Johnson should have rotated the squad a little bit more but being disjointed and the lack of the pressing game could both be down to mental and physical fatigue. I'm also not sure I agree with the "aimless hoofs towards Diedhou" either. Our passing was just shit in general, but I didn't think we particularly favoured the long ball until Djuric game on. Our passing was just crap, not particularly long distance imo
  8. chipdawg

    The Barnsley v Bristol City Match Day Thread 39

    I agree with the gist of your post, but it was never a foul. That referee was awful, barely seemed to understand the rules of the game
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    He's clearly a good player, but he has an awful attitude. Also, was it just me or was he not wearing shin pads?!
  10. chipdawg

    Difficult place to come !

    Speaking to Barnsley fans I know, they said that's the best they'd played in months. Now how much if it was down to us being poor and them being good is open to debate, but I guess we need to give credit where it's due. For what it's worth, I thought we started slowly, dominated from about 15 to 60 mins and the struggled towards the end of the match. Sloppiness as the game gets old is something that seems to have happened with regularity since Christmas, I think the cup run has taken it out of us. But LJs Pack-for-Djuric swap also played it's part
  11. chipdawg

    Fielding Flaps Again

    I don't necessarily think he needs replacing, I think he's a good chanpionship keeper. But I also think there are guys who have Frankie's ability but are 6'4" and can compete physically with donkeys like Keiffer Moore. Now I wouldn't advocate for replacing him and he wouldn't be the first player I'd want to upgrade, but I do think we could find a better player in Europe or the Lower leagues if we really looked. But as I said, he's played well this season and deserves credit for the consistency of his performances
  12. chipdawg

    Fielding Flaps Again

    I didn't really feel it was Fieldings fault for the first goal, though it's undeniable that a bigger, more imposing keeper would probably have got a fist on that ball. He then made a couple of great saves in the 2nd half. Fielding has been good all season (at least when I've watched) but I always have the feeling we good do better. Not a criticism of FF, just a statement of opinion
  13. chipdawg

    The Barnsley v Bristol City Match Day Thread 39

    Thinking about it further, we lived a stones-throw from Filton before we left for the north so further connections there. Montreal though suffers/benefits from the Continental Interior Effect, which results in harsh winters and hit summers. I'd bet it's round about the same latitude as Bristol actually
  14. chipdawg

    The Barnsley v Bristol City Match Day Thread 39

    That mince pie factory is what dragged my dad (and by extension, 3 year old me) north from Bristol 30-off years ago. Right at the start of the miners strike, the cake factory was located a stones throw from Carlton Main colliery- quite the introduction to Northern life for my dad.I haven'tlivedfurther south than Sheffield since (if you don't count a year in Massachusetts, which is at a lower latitude than anywhere in the UK). I worked in Barnsley for over a decade and despite it's many rough corners, it's a town and a club I have great affection for so I always look forward to these games. This is my first trip back since I left my job there in December. But there'll be no time for sentimentality and I expect a decent city win. We need to watch the boy McBurnie though by all accounts COYR PS watch for Airbus or BAE using their buying leverage to purchase parts of GKN as Melrose break it up. I suspect they're haggling for a good price
  15. chipdawg

    Barnsley away (Merged)

    I'll be there, never miss Barnsley away as it's a chance to catch up with old mates from that part of traffic world And I agree that it's a big game for us now, must win almost