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  1. I certainly think the way we played v Shrewsbury looked like SOD's spirit of tedium had possessed Johnson's body. However, Barnsley, though not a vintage performance, had addressed some of the pointless tippy-tappy stuff and was at least interesting to watch. Partly that was because Barnsley themselves played an open formation and were going for it.
  2. Classic goal. After getting the ball, he stood on it for a few seconds before deciding what to do, then went around a defender like he was a training cone and whoosh.
  3. Best Dicksy Worst SOD I didn't think it would be possible for me to fall asleep from boredom during a live football game - but SOD's tactics managed it.
  4. If you are a manager (or "Head Coach") you take responsibility for the performance of your team. That's as true of football, as it is in any other enterprise. You've put them in the positions they are in, given them instructions and the encouragement and tools they need to do the job. The buck stops with you. That's what leadership is all about. And management is leadership - or it should be!
  5. Correctemundo. We might have a big squad, but we don't have a reasonable second choice striker if Fam is off his game. Who could we have sent on last night? Antoine "goal machine" Semenyo?? I'm really not convinced Johnson should be here much longer, but bringing in a new manager now means that by the time he's looked at the squad and seen what needs strengthening, the window will have closed. A striker that can occasionally score goals and a hard-man midfielder are required. Johnson knows he has to get them. If he fails, it's goodnight Vienna. Maybe even bring a new guy in for the fag-end of the season, so he appreciates the problems and can have a full summer to try to rectify them.
  6. I've highlighted the operative words there.
  7. It's a massive f-ing embarrassment. Let's not be kind here. Across two games, it's cringeworthy. Coming on top of recent poor performances, with players seemingly coached to perform below their ability, I'm starting to have very serious doubts in "the project".
  8. They were selling it in Malvern. On a high road to nothing, up there. I reckon they'd have got their £35 if it was sold in a Bristol auction room.
  9. Graham told me last year he's "stepping back" from most social media. I think he found some of the people you encounter on it a bit wearing - to put it mildly - and it was taking up too much of his time. Which it probably does for all of us! You can still find him occasionally on Ziderheads, but that's about it. A big shame because he was one of the most level-headed, decent forum members here.
  10. I can only echo the above sentiments. As a father myself, I send my very best wishes to the Garner family and hope the little girl is soon back in health. This is way more important than football.
  11. We achieved some decent results in the first third of the season, but for the last 6 weeks the football has been crap - and wins against the two worst clubs in the league can't disguise that. As largely the same players are involved in the first bit of the season to now, you have to conclude the slump in form derives from how they are instructed to play by the head coach. I'm not a Johnson Out man - so put away the aubergine emoticon MTIG - but our current playing style, if you can call it a style, does raise some questions as to his coaching ability. Maybe he needs some extra help. He has had more to spend than any city manager of the past, so we do have the right to expect decent league finishes. For now, I'll be happy with yesterday's win - and hopeful that this month will bring a robust central midfielder and a handy second striker. But I'll not be uncritical of LJ when I think he's made mistakes.
  12. One sequence was filmed at Tor Fair in Glastonbury. I know, because I'm walking about in the background as an extra. See if you can spot me.
  13. Don't have a PL team, but have lived in Southampton and Bournemouth at different stages of my life, so want both clubs to achieve reasonably - providing they aren't facing us. Ironically, Bournemouth fans hate Saints and vice versa to a lesser degree.
  14. Our identity seems to be based on the idea of a slow, possession-based, passing game built from the back, threading the ball through the opposition until we spot a chink in their armour. Well, that's the theory. The practice is to roll or throw the ball out to defenders who are usually in our area, allowing advanced opponents the opportunity to menace immediately in the hope they'll make a mistake. 7/8th of the park will have already been conceded if they - or the goalie - does muck up. If the ball makes it to our deep midfield, they will be under intense pressure from the attacking midfielders from our opponents. We still haven't got out of our half, yet we've given the opposition two chances to steal the ball (typically). Our deep midfield can either try to run the ball forward (Massengo's preference), but aren't strong enough to retain it often; or they can pass quickly (Nagy's preference) although a forward pass is often not available, and we saw v Shrewsbury back passes being intercepted by an opponent running on. It happened at least 4 times. We are THAT easy to work out. IF we manage to get the ball out of our half, the build up is so slow, our opponents will usually have 11 men between us and the goal. The thing is, we don't have to play like this: even under Johnson. Anyone remember the "high press"? We were much more attack-minded during Lee's most successful periods at this club. When the ball fell to opponents, we'd attack the second ball. We ran the channels, and employed players who could link-up to do this. I do believe we have players at the club who could easily make the play-offs. At the same time, if we play the negative "slow build" brand of labouring to get out our own half, the same group could also lose to Torquay. It's why I believe, unless Johnson changes his instructions to players, we are doomed to fall down the league: no matter who comes in this window. No good having a goal poacher if the ball never gets to him - or if it does, he has 6 opponents in the box and no support.
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