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About PFree

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  1. Look on the bright side, we set the benchmark at the weekend
  2. Terrible thing to admit but we have three ST's and we've missed more home games than we've attended this season. I feel for LJ in one sense as he has no option but to sell our best players to help balance the books, but despite this, we haven't had a bad season based on our league position. That said I find the football at home far too defensive and boring, and his tactics baffle us constantly, to me the best form of defence is attack and it's only when we go at a team teams that we are effective and the crowd comes to life. I expect this though as having followed City for over 30 years and being a ST holder for most of that, I've got used to being disappointed, if you don't expect success you don't get disappointed when like on Saturday we get totally stuffed. My bigger concern though is that whilst SL wants to run City as a self-supportive business, we will always be trying to 'balance the books' and will never reach the promised land - even if we were to, he's already said he wouldn't spend out to try and stay there?! If he really does want us to get to the PL in his lifetime, and as he has many, many millions to spare, why wouldn't he want to go for it, after all, the prize is massive as demand across the South West for tickets would always fill a massive stadium. In summary, I've found the last couple of seasons to be boring and generally lacking any form of entertainment, the football is generally backwards and defensive in nature, sorry, but that's my view. Finally, I will be reviewing our ST's but more out of loyalty to City rather than actually looking forward to going..!
  3. For me, a fair league position right now would be mid-table at best, we have some good individual players but in reality aren't a great side overall. In the same way the Premier league is three 'mini leagues', given our resources and lack of parachute payments, we are a middle tire side and therefore over performing. I'm no fan of LJ as I don't believe he has the ability or knowledge tacticly to take us any further. I do however feel for him though given every time we have a decent player, they get sold on. i sincerely hope I am wrong and that LJ takes us up (albeit we'll pretty much need a new team to stay and SL has already made it clear he would not spend given that eventuality). We got beat by a much better team today but let's try and find the positives, we are lucky to be where we are and are over performing, in with a chance of the end of season mix up is good news - no other team seems to want it after all
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    Firstly, I want to say thanks to LJ for establishing us in the Championship. I do however feel the following stats support the need for change. We have won 10 out of 26 starts this season The form table covering the last six games sees us in 22nd position in the table, in the relegation zone We have a negative goal difference when assessing the season as a whole We have won just 5 out of the 13 home games this season, hardly a fortress and being honest in never has been under LJ LJ has never managed a team to promotion. If you throw in the apparent disarray and fact something is clearly wrong within the club, it's clear that it is sadly time for change. Is it just us fans that believe he spouts a load of unbelievable rubbish? On a personal note, I've been a ST for a couple of decades and I have to say the football is amongst the most boring I've seen is my thirty or so years in following the City.
  5. Before you jump on me, this for me is realism and not intended as negativity. I'm lucky in that I was also able to enjoy the old game in the 70's and 80's when football was football. Perhaps with the exception of the Huddersfield game, I cannot remember when I last left the Gate feeling good about the game or at all motivated. As a ST of a few decades, I have to admit I've missed four or five home games this season, for whatever reason, I'm not feeling it at the moment and probably haven't fir a couple of seasons - I renewed our two tickets only out of loyalty being honest. That said I'm not sure if it's totally City related, I just wonder if live football has become so sterile that the entertainment factor has all but gone? Tactically, it seems all about shape nowadays and playing out from the back, boring sideways and backwards football Players can't make a tackle nowadays, it's almost non-contact The theatrics in the game now are terrible, it's just cheating sadly and the English game was never like that before the influx of foreign players - (its simple, just ban players in video evidence shows no contact, it'll soon stop when bans and naming and shaming is in place) Refereeing standards are awful, there's little or no control over the game, no consistency and you only see yellow cards in the 90th minute for time wasting but it's too late by then, the game is over Health and Safety means at night games you have to leave stand lights on - and the flashing advertising banners are distractive to say the least VAR - appreciate it is helping to get more right decisions but again, it's slowed the game yet further and caused even more uncertainty...! I could go on but that's enough for now and I believe sags enough - does football need to take a good hard look at itself do you think?
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    Honesty time

    Thanks for the response Robert, I apologise for thinking this was a discussion forum but perhaps that is lost on you hence the well thought out response and contribution to the thread. Was there really any need to be facetious.
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    Honesty time

    I believe that like many on here, we didn't expect to be anywhere near the top-six at this stage of the season - I was one predicting a relegation scrap being honest. I would also argue that we aren't quite ready to go up though neither? Let's say we were able to sneak up, can anybody see us staying there for more than a season? Yes, in some senses it would be good fun and we would all be delighted to get there, but when you are getting turned over heavily every week, would it be that enjoyable? I work in Cardiff and with many CCFC fans and for both seasons they have been up there, it's been pretty sole destroying for them - it's simply a case if they can get adequate results against the 'small clubs' and enough points to 'just survive'. If we were to go up, I have no doubt SL would also spend conservatively, he wants to run the club commercially and rightly so I guess. My point is that we are absolutely going the right way and providing we build further each season, the Premiership will come. We are 'big enough' to complete but need to get there in a position of strength and where we can hopefully sustain our time there (Like a Burnley, Bournemouth or Watford of this world). We are up against bigger sides at the top at the moment, many of whom have better squads and resources, and who are better equipped - let's be honest that we are punching above our weight and over-performing. I have never been an LJ fan, and being honest, kept my eye out in the press last season hoping that he had gone - but, I have to say that the progress being made is highly positive and my opinion has undoubtedly changed. Here's hoping the progress continues but should we miss out on the play-offs, lets recognise what has been achieved..
  8. I'm sure this will get some interesting responses but for me it is fairly straight forward: 1) We only average a shade over a goal a game 2) We have fairly high possession stats but it's mostly in our own half with the ball going sideways or backwards, we are based around not conceding or trying to nick one-nil wins 3) We absolutely lack leaders, the players that wind the crowd up through tough tackles or where they demonstrate a real desire for the badge - anybody remember psycho and perhaps we are missing the likes of Flinty more than expected? 4) We don't have any players who appear capable of flying down the wing and who go past opposition players with ease, Jacki, Scotty types (Elliason for me is the closest at the moment to be fair but isn't quite there yet) 5) Finally, we hardly ever have shots on goal due to only ever playing one striker or as a result of having little quality in the final third - one shot on target this week against the side bottom of the league and we were at home?? This doesn't feel like rocket science, even when on the good run I very rarely left feeling at all entertained - surely the best form of defence is attack..? And before you jump on me, I've followed City for decades so have been there through many lows, and yes, I have been a ST holder for most of that, and yes, I have already renewed
  9. How rumours spread hey - it's John Davies, he owns the plumbing company who look after the grounds.
  10. I see he has left the Gas then, shame, looking at the league table it appears he was doing a good job! More seriously, think he's done well over the years on very limited resources, always comes across well.
  11. Last week we had a really strong defence unti and Bob drooped Hunt..
  12. Not a contradiction at all, many recently signed players can't make the first team, the more experienced, longer serving players are better than the they are showing due to poor strategy, tactics, a different side every week etc.,
  13. The way I see it is fairly simple. Like many others, I've supported City and been mostly a ST holder for over 30 years, but.. I have never seen the club so divided; I don't look forward to going to the Gate at all, the football is negative and I'm bored; I believe we could get far more from these players with a better Manager or Coach; Our recruitment of players have been terrible for some time and we have most certainly gone backwards; We got out of jail at Ipswich, terrible side who are going down. Finally, I believe there are fortunately worse sides in this division and believe we will not go down, we will miss SL's need to improve once again though!!
  14. In all seriousness, think this is a six pointer as I fully expect both sides to be down there at the end...
  15. I don't doubt you too care greatly about Bristol City and want the best for us, I am also sure you hate losing as much as we do - not sure if anybody would disagree with that statement? That said I am sorry to say that for me you have taken our club as far as you can - recruitment, coaching, strategy, no plan B yet alone plan A, tactically naive at this level, lost dressing room, inability to attract key talent, etc., etc. My fear is that SL will continue to back you and will throw more money after bad money as he seeks to prove he was right in keeping you. Sadly, I am sure I speak for many City fans in that we don't see City as a play thing and if it is the case SL wants to see City in the Premier league within his lifetime, I am afraid it's time to make what I am sure is a difficult decision but one we will all respect you for - great loyalty but the time has most definitely come. We aren't in 'trouble' yet but with the January window coming, there's plenty of time to rescue the season, our ambition and a team and club that is absolutely on the slippery slide.
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