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  1. Haha, sarcasm really doesn't go well over the internet, does it.
  2. Honestly, this thread. Got to feel a bit sorry for you @RedDave. Obviously, the thread title should be: "(Some) young players improve (to varying extents, other young players do not improve at all, and some even regress)" That way you would cover all bases. Really though, is the point that difficult to grasp? Some of the players who you think aren't good enough now, are of the right age to still get to the required level to perform well for Bristol City in the future. Perhaps have a little more faith in the fact that a team of professional coaches/scouts still deem them worthy of a place on our books, and give them a little more support. Cheers.
  3. What do you mean by that? He was a regular in the Spain side, on of the best international sides ever, up to 2015. He picked up 77 caps, and has now been recalled at the age of 34. He got seriously injured for the first time in November 2015 and has never really recovered. He would easily have picked up 100 caps for Spain by now without injury.
  4. Happy for him, and what a player he is when fit.
  5. Then we all give up, go home, and cry ourselves to sleep. The club will fold, just like it did all those other times we didn't sign the players we wanted. Oh, wait...
  6. Gayle and Rodriguez don't have anything to do with us catching Derby on goal difference pal. Derby would have to draw for that to even be possible.
  7. Lots of your fellow officers deployed at the end of the game to control some children to our left.
  8. Why do you have to blame anyone? The club as a whole put in a good shift this season, performed above most people's expectations, but ultimately fell short. I can understand being disappointed, and I am too. Yes there will be learnings for next season, so let's analyse and improve. No need to be so negative and pinpoint one or two particular people who failed.
  9. Would you ask that same question about a disabled parking space? Common sense.
  10. Yeah you're right they have, so second most (joint) conceded for Villa, my mistake. I think the point still stands though.
  11. There is actually a lack of penalties in our matches, for or against us. We have conceded the least (joint) in the league at 4 so far this season. We have been awarded just two, the second lowest number in the league. The only team awarded fewer is Bolton. I don't believe it's all luck. Neither do I believe it is all 'big club bias' or whatever you want to call it going against us as a (relatively) 'small' club in the league. For reference, Leeds United have also only been awarded 2 penalties, and Aston Villa have conceded 15, the (joint) most in the league. Why have we conceded so few? - You would think it's down to the fact that generally, our defence is excellent. One of the best in the division by many markers, and additionally, when you consider the playing style of our central defenders, neither strikes you as the 'rash challenge' type, both are composed and have excellent positional sense. Why have we been awarded so few? - Playing style, I think. As an observer both home and away, I recall most often shouting for a penalty this season when Diedhiou is being manhandled in the box with the ball in the air. Whilst these types of penalty shouts should hold no less merit than rash challenges or handball decisions, I think it's generally known that referees tend to, more often than not, overlook these. They don't happen on the ball, so perhaps they're not seen all the time, but also, it takes a braver official to give this kinda of decision than it does to award a penalty for something that is in line of sight and clear to all that a decision needs to be made. How often do we see our wingers or No.10 driving at players in the box? Not particularly often I would argue, our style involves a lot of crosses from wide positions, or passes through the middle. Taking Crystal Palace as an example from the premier league, they have had the most penalties this season, and got the most last season also. Their style very much involves driving at players in the box, tricky players like Zaha, Townsend, Meyer, Ayew are all good at that. Eliasson, Paterson, COD could probably all do this more often, one would presume they don't do it by instruction, generally, it's not part of the playing style we're going for.
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