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Everything posted by Sleepy1968

  1. The way I see it is that if you have to ask what the identity is then there isn't one! I've also noticed that the players tend to spout the same management mantra in interviews - nothing is particularly enlightening. I'm just glad JFK didn't task the City management with getting to the moon. Although it might have have made the statement 'we're not where we want to be' a bit more understandable.
  2. I don't know what they put in the water over there, but bottle it up and ship it over.
  3. There's a difference between being boring and being useless. To be the former you have to have possession of the ball.
  4. I don't think most of them are on anything like that, but you're right in that we make too many signing of players that seemingly will never be seen anywhere near the first team. I don't mind us having a loan development squad, provided players come through and challenge for the first team at some point. We could probably lose 10 players with no impact to the club. We certainly need smarter recruitment.
  5. Good post. I'm becoming increasingly underwhelmed with Bentley. It's not that he doesn't just not hold on to shots, he has a nasty habit of batting the ball right back into danger instead of getting it away to the side. Neither does he command his area. The most expensive and least of an upgrade in keeper I've seen. If we were desperate for a keeper then signing him might have been understandable. I thought (thankfully) we'd started to play out from the back less, but yesterday we couldn't do it enough. It's fine if you can beat the press but we just managed to put ourselves under pressure time after time for no reason - we can't pass the ball up the field very well, so why on earth try to against that attack. WBA must have though it was still Christmas. We've got a big week coming up.
  6. They were mainly shipped out before he got here. And we'd already recruited the likes of Flint and Pack by then.
  7. We have to play the four teams directly below us, at least three of which would probably overtake us the moment they beat us. So, that's four defeats we'd need to avoid for a start. Add another two 'avoid defeats' for Forest and Preston (if we want to maintain pace with them) and the for practical purposes doing better than all those teams on average in our other games (i.e. not against them) until the end of the season (which means wins), it's pretty clear to me that we need to win most of our remaining games to have a realistic chance of a top six finish. Given how things are going I'd be extremely happy if it came down to a must win against Preston.
  8. That was nearer the beginning of the week though: I think LJ hoped to have most of the players back for today (maybe not Korey?). I'll be upset if Fammy isn't available. The main problem will be the wind, and not just from the usual suspects in E31.
  9. You know what they say about what they say. I think it's like @weepywall says - otherwise they'd be creaming themselves and quoting 'sellout' in the headline. It would help nif they quoted how many home tickets are available though, if only to avoid POTD issues.
  10. My internal one had them at about a 6! Am I close with ours at 0.2?
  11. It was definitely a bit odd given we saw exactly the player we'd be getting last season. A big financial risk for the potential reward. I don't know who convinces who to pull the trigger on these type of signings but my water tells me LJ was never completely won over.
  12. It's a needs must at the moment and ideally he'd be used sparingly. It would be like continually starting Semenyo up front - who, by the way, has been sitting on the bench not getting any game time since his one and only appearance for Sunderland.
  13. I'm half hoping (though not really, as we need a team of fit players) that what made Leeds look that much better than us was partly down to a sick squad. Whatever it is we need a good recovery and a better performance against WBA: then concentrate on picking up wins against our play-off rivals in the run in.
  14. God dammit, he should be puking on the side of the pitch and then getting on with it. (Obvioulsy I'm joking.)
  15. And if you don't renew you get two of them.
  16. BTTS and a City win is 18/1 on skybet, so you can still get excited when they get a goal back when we are 2-0 up with 5 minutes to play!
  17. I was thinking Henriksen and Wells in for Massengo and Eliasson/Weimann, and you've taken things a step or two further. We need to be more of a threat from set pieces so Benkovic might be a good call for that reason only. I think both Hunt and Dasilva are better wing backs than full backs so that set up works for them. Patterson will need to feed Wells as much as possible in and around the box and not get in his way. This could work.
  18. When we dropped through all the divisions and sunk to the bottom of the 4th, I imagine that the home form was much worse over that period. As a 12 yo I remember crying after division 2 home games in the 80/81 season. It's not quite that bad at the moment!
  19. Still didn't think Forest looked that good, but I suppose you have to take the opposition into account. I never understood why nearly everyone (including us) overlooked Ameobi. Yep, if we make top six from the games we have left, we'll have deserved it. I think the best I can say is we've mostly got the right cards but we need to play them in the right order.
  20. Agreed, and re Bamford: he has Tony Cottee Syndrome - always scores against City. And Leeds are currently transforming from looking unlucky to looking a bit desperate. Of course the longer this goes on the more desperate they become, but if they score first their confidence will probably come back quickly.
  21. Did you see their game last night? Neither Forest or Leeds looked any better than City, and Leeds certainly seem to be lacking confidence. If (and it's a big if) we beat Derby and Brentford beat Leeds, Saturday will be massive.
  22. Clearly smashing someone in the head with a baton when you are not in immediate peril is potentially a serious criminal assult whether you are a serving police officer or not. That the posted footage was edited might mean there was an effort to misrepresent the incident, or it might mean nothing. Anyway, I'm sure the police will have multiple body cam footage of this incident, and there will be other CCTV footage avalable, which can be presented in court as evidence by either the defence or prosecution, depending on who's on trial and what the footage shows.
  23. Agreed, but it's not representative of our general performances. I sense your general frustration with things, and I'm with you there. Last night was very disappointing. I'm going to grit my teeth and hope we're up for thing on Wednesday and next Saturday. Nothing is lost or won yet.
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