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  1. The point here is that unless it was a manufactured virus then no one is "responsible". You can reduce the risk of viruses being created but never completely eradicate it here so playing the blame game here is utterly absurd.
  2. Far from tears. You chaps are making this quarantine quite entertaining.
  3. That is literally what you're saying No please do. There's been a lot of not bothering going around.
  4. So, let me get this straight. You "hope China burns" because you think a virus was born because "some sick minded Chinese person" ate a bat or lizard? What makes them sick-minded to you? You claimed that this has been predicted by "the experts" for many years. Despite the warnings, you have nothing to say about the governments that failed to adequately prepare? Nothing to say about the people ignoring governmental instructions when they finally came? Nothing to say about the fact that the situation in China has been relatively well managed, compared to the rest of the world? If you truly want what is best for the world right now, please keep your narrow-minded, bigoted and downright xenophobic thoughts to yourself. We don't need people like you.
  5. Oof. Easy on the fragile ego there. I'm just a guy that is genuinely curious as to why you violently refuse to expand on why you would single out a country and wish suffering upon them as a consequence of this global problem.
  6. "Educate yourself" isn't going to cut it I'm afraid. I would honestly like to hear more about your stance on this.
  7. Oh okay. Shy away from actually explaining your position when someone calls you out on your baseless agenda. Cool.
  8. Just.... wow. Could you elaborate a little please?
  9. Again, respectfully disagree. I am a Software/Web Developer that is able to make money without resorting to the above. We are able to make a change by sharing the content, not the platform on which that content is served. I have now done this for everyone else's benefit. The sooner the likes of BP get the message, the better the internet becomes a better place.
  10. The issues Johnson must address to reinvigorate City's play-off challenge It's been a chastening and challenging 10 days for Bristol City who, in the space of three matches, have gone from being within sight of the automatic promotion places to looking nervously over their shoulder and the very real threat of mid-table. Defeats to Leeds United and West Brom were, in the main, anticipated and that helped ever so slightly gloss over worrying signs in their performance but Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield has brought those worries front and centre. The Robins are in the grip of yet another losing run and with the competition for the top six as wide as ever, with anyone ranked first to 11th essentially in contention, and the swing from best case to worst case scenario is stark. Put bluntly, City aren't playing very well - neither individually or collectively - and perhaps that's been the case for too long and it's finally catching up with them but, to counter, head coach Lee Johnson clearly has the tools at his disposal to turn things around. This is still a deeply talented squad with ability from front to back but a number of key weaknesses and problems need to be addressed quickly to prevent City's season from fading into mid-table obscurity. Exactly what is Bristol City's core? One relentless criticism of Johnson is that, "he doesn't know his best team", which does have some merit, given the amount of changes in selection he tends to make each week but is also devoid of almost all nuance and context. Injury issues to key players over the first half of the campaign, and into the second regarding Tomas Kalas and Korey Smith, have made it hard to establish a regular XI plus the fact the attributes of a number of individuals mean it's fair and reasonable to alternate your playing approach depending on the opposition. There are 23 other teams in the Championship and most have strengths and weaknesses that mean certain line-ups work for some but not others e.g there's no point having the starting XI when you're facing Millwall - given their physical strength and power - compared to the neat, technical play of Brentford. Therefore making tactical tweaks along the way can be the difference in results over the course of a season and the idea of a "best team" is a bit of an outmoded concept. However, there still needs to be some consistency and continuity and a core to build around; right now, it's hard to know what Johnson's best seven or eight is: only Dan Bentley, Jack Hunt (albeit with fresh reservations over his place), Famara Diedhiou and Nahki Wells can be considered nailed-on starters, or at least certifiable regulars. There has been a rotating cast in the middle of defence with plenty of strength in depth but, Ashley Williams aside, no defining first-choice pairing or trio. Ditto in midfield, where the system changes, as does the individuals used. Unlike previously where, a formation switch, would still result in Marlon Pack and Josh Brownhill being present. A total of 16 outfield players have made 10 or more starts over the course of the season, and below that Jamie Paterson, Smith, Wells, Filip Benkovic and Markus Henriksen should all reach double figures by May. That's likely to mean that, by the end of the season, 21 outfield players would have had significant roles. In 2018/19 that figure was 16. Compare and contrast with play-off rivals Brentford (12 outfielders with more than 10 starts), Nottingham Forest (12), Fulham (13), Preston (12, but with Scott Sinclair likely to take it up to 13) and Blackburn (16). Of course, there are mitigating circumstances to this and Johnson will undoubtedly point to the fact that individuals haven't been performing to levels that compel them to be considered regulars but, at the same time, the lack of familiarity among teammates evidently isn't healthy. Will consistency in defence and midfield solve anything? Which brings us onto two fundamental areas of the field that have previously been beacons of strength and efficiency but are now, in many ways, the root cause of so many problems. The Robins concede too many shots to too many teams, ranking only behind Luton (15.4) and Charlton (15.3) for attempts conceded per game with 15.1 and, the concern is that if things continue, they'll soon be bottom of the Championship for this overall statistic. Now, conceding shots isn't the only signifier to a below average defensive team, as if they're bad quality or speculative shots from 25 yards, but City's expected goals against is 52.54 - again, only Charlton (53.59) and Luton (58.38) are worse. That's 1.50 a game. Compare and contrast with last season when, anchored by Adam Webster and Kalas, City were averaging 13.0 shots against and 1.266 xGA per game. It's a stark contrast and, clearly, they're not strong enough in an attacking sense to offset it. It may not be sexy or fun to watch but City need to get back to basis and being a good defensive team, otherwise what happened at Huddersfield - where they lost to an underperforming, supposedly inferior team, will happen again (something that, in all honesty, has been forecast for weeks). Granted, removing Webster, Kalas' injuries and taking Brownhill out of centre midfield has hurt the collective defensive structure significantly but it's not as if the individual talent isn't there: Ashley Williams, Nathan Baker, Benkovic, Henriksen, Adam Nagy, Han-Noah Massengo, Smith, Tommy Rowe are all strong defensive players in different ways, it's just, as mentioned above, it's been a rotating cast. Creating a strong defence is as much about chemistry and organisation as it is talent. And you can't build those physiological connections without familiarity in who you're playing alongside. Successful defending has an element of the subconscious about it, too many times City's players are having to stop and think, and it's costing them. Williams and Baker had the beginnings of building a partnership, only for Benkovic to then be introduced - bringing a different skillset in terms of his distribution - but did that then damage the collective strength? Ahead of them, pick any combination of the central midfielders listed; all bar Smith are new to the club and, with slight exceptions to Rowe, the Championship, while Henriksen had barely played any competitive football before he arrived on deadline day. It's not quite a group of strangers but, quite clearly, the collective chemistry isn't there to create foundations in restricting the opposition and stop making Bentley (116 saves, 62.93% wiuth reflexes) the second-busiest goalkeeper in the league. Can Wells and Diedhiou play together? Signing that "proven No9" was supposed to be the answer to all City's problems in an attacking sense having scratched an historic itch that had been present for several transfer windows. Adding additional firepower from one of the Championship most in-form marksmen showed the club meant business, could lighten the load and pressure on Diedhiou and Andi Weimann and give City an additional threat following Benik Afobe's unfortunate issue. Wells got off the mark against Derby but since then there's a growing feeling that is arrival has presented just as many questions as it had thought to have answered. The 29-year-old is a central striker who, like Afobe, wants to play on the shoulder of defenders and make runs behind. Four of Afobe's starts before his ACL injury were in tandem with Weimann, with Diedhiou used as impact substitute. Such was the Senegalese's form - and he, of course, scored again against Huddersfield - that Johnson couldn't drop his No9 into what was a successful 4-1-4-1 but, equally, had to fit his new £4m man into the equation. As a result City have flipped between a 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 to get Wells into the team but the impact, Derby aside, has been minimal; admittedly with the caveat of having to face the two best teams in the division in Leeds and West Brom. But, as we know, the Robins aren't a team who create an abundance of chances - ranking 22nd for key passes, only above Charlton and Luton again - and unless that changes, with Wells and Diedhiou together, they have to feed and work off each other. As mentioned, partnerships take time but the two strikers are having to learn on the job in the intense pressure of a play-off challenge with a team that isn't producing a consistent amount of opportunities. It's concerning that in their three matches starting together, as per Wyscout, there have been just three pass combinations [a pass combination being 3 or more passes in one direction between two players] between the two initiated by Wells (and a big fat zero at the John Smith's Stadium), with eight in the opposite direction from the Senegalese. That should (and you would sincerely hope) improve but time is very much of the essence and if Diedhiou and Wells in the way forward, they need to gel quickly. Of course, this can be helped by the introduction of greater creativity behind them and the name "Kasey Palmer" is increasingly being demanded (deja vu from the same situation last April when it was just Diedhiou). But finding a formation that fits Palmer, Eliasson plus Wells and Diedhiou is difficult, especially when you consider the current lack of protection in the middle of the park. The 3-5-2 as deployed against Huddersfield, excludes Eliasson; a 4-4-2 has no place for Palmer; City are yet to really push a 4-2-3-1 but that then means one of Wells or Diedhiou have to miss out. Johnson could opt for a 4-3-3 but that means Wells will have to play wide left or wide right, something he can do, but if that's to be the case, what was the point in signing him in the first place? Is there a lack of leadership in the squad? There was a clear lack of leadership on the pitch last night. When the Robins failed to press from the front there was no-one yelling at Diedhiou to put more effort in and close down the full-backs as Huddersfield looked to build from the back. Or directing Jamie Paterson and Wells when to come short to receive passes to feet, rather than rely on Kalas, Hunt or Benkovic to launch the ball long (53 long passes in the game; just 17 on target) bypassing the overrun Henriksen who got nowhere near Emile Smith Rowe and namesake Tommy who was anonymous for the most part. Johnson bellowed at Kalas, who looked uneasy upon his return to the team, as Harry Toffolo scampered down the line, but the club record signing was not shouting at the midfield and strikers on where to be placed and neither did anyone else. And by the end of the game too many Robins had let their heads drop and looked unbelieving that any comeback could be on the cards. Further, there was a lack of fight in the team in the first-half - and no-one to deliver the simple kick-up-the-behind needed to fire up some of the City players, or to lambaste team members when simple passes went astray or the wrong passing option was taken. Part of this was likely down to the experienced (captain at the weekend) Ashley Williams being on the bench, and partly no doubt to a loss of natural leaders at Bristol City in the last month. Smith was out injured, while Bentley captained the team and has been the seventh skipper of the campaign, following Josh Brownhill, Bailey Wright and Taylor Moore all departing BS3 last month. And the same issue was in evidence at home against West Brom and away at Leeds United. Smith has been much missed in the last few games. "You hope for inspiration - maybe from an individual. Korey Smith, for example, and it proves how important he is," said Lee Johnson after the Huddersfield loss. Johnson needs to sort out that senior hierarchy and new leaders need to take control. That will happen naturally, but can the club and coaching staff do anything to help that along? More team-building days out? Team-bonding exercises? A good old session in the pub (seriously - it worked in days of yore)? Is fitness an issue? As mentioned too by Lee Johnson following the game, his side looked statuesque and immobile at times. There was a lack of energy with the aforementioned Smith Rowe finding the ball in dangerous positions time after time (nobody created more chances in the game last night), when surely City's Rowe should have been snapping at his ankles in Terrier fashion to shackle the Terrier's chief creator. "It felt like 100 actions whether it was to play a simple 10-yard ball, or play a simple 10-yard ball into the front man or slide a ball down the side, it was underhit, it was topped - as in they weren't getting under the ball - and we were static and looked immobile," mused Johnson after last night's defeat. Why was there such a lack of energy? The midfield battle has been lost in the four recent defeats, with the opposition achieving more shots on target in each of those games. Getting Markus Henriksen and Filip Benkovic up to speed quickly is the clear order of the day, or else the season grinds to a halt in March. LJ hinted at similar in his talk to radio interview after saying that: "I think a couple of the new players need to have a look at themselves for different reasons and quickly get themselves into the programme." . Here are two guys who have played little football in the last six months and are now in the cauldron of Championship intensity with the pressure on. Of course, the Catch 22 is that they need to play to get match sharp. Henriksen only played five international games up to January, and has not looked ready to play three matches in 10 days. While Benkovic had at least played at U23s level and had three cup games for the Leicester City Academy in the Leasing.com Trophy as well as a game for the Foxes in the FA Cup against Wigan. However, both new signings need time to reach full match sharpness and to integrate with the system, teammates and line-up. Otherwise a lack of coherency leads to players taking up the same positions, not knowing their roles and not passing the ball quickly enough (as they weigh up options and over-analyse, lacking fluidity). Further, a knock-on effect could be the slight destabilising of the dressing room, as in-form team members Nathan Baker and the ever-present Andi Weimann have been consequently shunted to the sidelines. That is acceptable if the new men come in and make the difference but so far that has yet to happen.
  11. Respectfully disagree, Major. The finest article in the world would still not warrant that cesspit of a website.
  12. Can someone please copy and paste the article contents to the thread? I don't want to reward their anti consumer web practices with yet another page view
  13. The reality is that we have a bloated squad. We need to trim and Bailey Wright isn't a particularly good player
  14. I'd wager that even you could have managed that.
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