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  1. georgebcfc

    Meeting footballers in unexpected places.

    I had just finished the half marathon last year and was walking along by the fountains when our very own Lee Johnson tapped me on the shoulder to ask if it was a full or half marathon going on. Very surreal
  2. georgebcfc

    Johnson's Roy of the Rovers substitutions

    Hang on no one was complaining when Djuric came on and turned a drab 0-0 into 3 points last time out.. Maybe Pack had a knock, not uncommon to see '90 minute players' given slightly less when you have 2 games in 4 days. Damned if he makes subs or not I think
  3. georgebcfc


    We've seen Eliasson given a chance and he's clearly not ready for the championship, physically or tactically. As others have said, you have to play your best team, there's no room for sentiment in a playoff battle.. LJ flirted with the 'squad rotation' that is being suggested here when 3-0 up at HT v Sunderland and we all know how that turned out.. If Eliasson came on and was responsible for a crucial goal going against us it would set his confidence and development back. As for the Kent arguments, he already has a season of championship football under his belt so it would have been fair for LJ to view him as having a better understanding of what's expected from him, sometimes it just doesn't work out. I think LJ has been more than fair to him personally, next year we will see a more involved Eliasson, assuming he goes away and works on his physique over the summer as the likes of Bryan and COD have done in recent summers. Until then I'll reserve judgement, both on the player and LJs approach
  4. georgebcfc

    Matty Taylor

    A fair point - having seen the QPR and Reading games I would say that moving forward that would have to be the solution for these two. Although, I'd sooner see Diedhiou / Djuric (when back) as Reid's foil, or a return to Reid playing up front with Paterson, than I would want to see Reid and Taylor paired again!
  5. georgebcfc

    Matty Taylor

    I think that the issue with Taylor is that he's not a target man / hold up striker - which is what he seems to be asked to do when starting up front with Bobby. He's just simply not strong enough to do it, hence why he spent most of the 2nd half on the deck against the physical Moore and McShane.. Sadly for him Reid is our best player and undroppable at the minute , so I don't see a starting place for him as the 'second striker' as things currently stand. I thought Woodrow did the job to much better effect when he came on
  6. georgebcfc

    COD's wallop

    After a hesitant first 30 mins where he kept cutting back and incessantly cruyff turning, COD really grew into the game and became, IMO, our best player. Just needs to back himself and keep running at players and taking them on; he's shown in the past few games that he is more than good enough for this level! With his other attributes (pace, energy, defensive work etc) he just needs to add the end product to his game (i.e. goals) and he will become a really big player for us.. I don't think he's that far off personally
  7. georgebcfc

    Changes for the Villa game?

    Just because Kelly had a good game on Tuesday it doesn't mean that we should rush him into a league match with decidedly more pressure, he needs to be edged in. Remember Vyner 2 years ago having an absolute shocker against Brighton having been MOTM the previous game. As for options upfront, I can see both sides of the argument re Diedhiou or pace v JT. Personally I would prefer Diedhiou to come on after an hour, if the game is evenly balanced, and throw his weight around then. Woodrow should be raring to go and I think could do well tonight. Hinds would just make the bench ahead of Taylor for me as his confidence should be sky high; Taylor just coming back.etc. Fielding Pisano Wright Baker Bryan Brownhill Pack Smith Eliasson Reid Woodrow Lucic, Magnússon, Hegeler, O'Neil, Paterson, Hinds, Diedhiou
  8. georgebcfc

    Where did it all start to go wrong??

    Whenever it was that LJ said we would be in the Europa league in 5 years..
  9. georgebcfc

    Oh dear Frankie

    Real head scratcher as he also made 2 phenomenal saves to keep the scoreline flattering to us. Think the back pass incident threw his concentration completely but yes, inexcusable errors really. Similar to Basso in that he's an outstanding shot stopper but has crazy errors in him
  10. georgebcfc

    Jamie Paterson

    This is spot on, as was another comment that refers to him as a better version of Freeman. So so infuriating to see him cutting inside every single time he got the ball. Even if he took on a few players he still had a negative overall impact on the team because of a total disregard for his position and responsibilities, and ultimately only served to congest the midfield and give us a terrible shape over 90 minutes. You might get away with it against the likes of Blackburn, but against the bigger sides shape is so important; if his natural game is to cut in and basically stand in Tomlins position then he shouldn't be playing in these games. Poor old Mark Little (who as we we all know is limited with the ball anyway, as much as he tries his best) was essentially required to play wing back and it was ridiculous to watch.
  11. georgebcfc

    Squad Rotation - on a Tuesday?! (Merged)

    With Matthews, Smith and Abraham all returning from illnesses / injuries, Freeman injured, Paterson cup-tied, and GON 36 having put in a massive effort on Saturday v Blackburn, I really can't see what all the fuss is about. It looks like Moore has been told he'll get his chance to impress at CB in cup games, which was entirely vindicated by his performance, and is great for us to know we have an able replacement should (touchwood) anything happen to Flinty or Magnusson. The only major selection debate was Tomlin for Engvall, and even then a) none of us knows what is going on behind the scenes, maybe Tomlin took a knock in training? b) we've all been crying out for Engvall to make an appearance, and c) Engvall played bloody well and Tomlin came on and looked sharper than he has done for weeks!
  12. georgebcfc

    Lee Tomlin. Miss it when it's gone.

    Agreed, I think that's just the way LJ wants us to set up with the likes of Tomlin, Freeman and Paterson in the side, rightly or wrongly. We're getting away with it at the moment but as you say we are at risk and need Little / Matthews to be on top form for it to work, which Little has been so far
  13. georgebcfc

    Lee Tomlin. Miss it when it's gone.

    Not too sure about this. I think Matthews staying on the bench may have simply been because LJ wanted to bring on GON and Wilbs, and therefore didn't want to make all 3 subs at once and have a whole half of being exposed to injury, change of approach.etc. I'm fairly sure that Matthews would have come on at HT if it hadn't been for this, especially given that Brownhill, by his own admission, had never played right back before
  14. georgebcfc

    Gary o Neil

    GON absolute machine as others have said, also agree with comments about Pack, did a great job when he came on and am presuming/ hoping that the only reason he didn't start was because he played 120 mins on Tuesday. Has to start the next game. With GON at the heart of it, this team is on the verge of being able to go and really achieve something this season, but will not do so with Bobby Reid playing holding mid - had an absolute nightmare first half, even more so than the rest of our team (!) I don't think that this was missed by LJ either, who appeared to move Bryan to holding mid at the start of the 2nd half. Bob is a good player but his decision making is not quite there yet to play DM against the top sides, and he regularly loses the ball in very dangerous positions. Definitely a good option as one of the front 3 behind Abraham though