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  1. Agree with all of that. It is also clear that the collective spirit you mention comes from Pearson. What impressed me most about his post match interview is his team ethic. Yes he is a ‘big name’ manager but there is no ‘big I am’ or ego with him. For example, he went out of his way to praise the existing coaching staff and understood that the change of manager would have been difficult for them. He also praised Towler for his contribution to 2 good wins (despite a difficult first half for him yesterday). Quite simply, he is a leader.
  2. Expect so. He certainly hasn’t looked right since he’s come back from injury. Interesting bench today - wonder if Pearson prefers fully fit players in his squads rather than players not quite ready; or perhaps, given our injury record, we are learning not to risk players who aren’t quite 100% fit.
  3. When Lansdown was interviewed after Holden’s departure he said there were a couple of people that weren’t available to be considered last time because of their circumstances. I wonder whether one was Pearson (either because too close to his Watford departure or perhaps due to his illness). Another one might have been Howe as he only left Bournemouth just before we appointed Holden (the press reports on Sunday were suggesting that we approached Howe now as well as Pearson). I may be barking up the wrong tree though.
  4. Or even this season! I haven’t given up on the play offs yet!
  5. And with impressive speed. From first telephone call to job offer all on one day (Sunday).
  6. I reckon he may be one of the guys that Lansdown mentioned the other day - he said wanted to interview a couple now that he couldn’t before due their circumstances. Pearson had a long bout of Covid so potentially he was still recuperating when we were interviewing for LJ’s replacement.
  7. And the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/21/nigel-pearson-bristol-city
  8. Agree. I think it would be a good option for those in vulnerable categories especially (and possibly for away fans too to limit travel around the country for a period).
  9. Just to point out that this statement is by no means certain. Early reports from Israel seem to suggest that the vaccines may lessen transmission, plus the main story on the BBC News site now is claiming similar in UK (albeit early days - a long way to go to establish this with certainty). I agree though that normality/low enough risk is a way off though. I wouldn’t be surprised to see streaming passes for a good while longer yet - perhaps even streaming season tickets in certain cases.
  10. Agree. I would have had Bakinson in there. He looked good when he came on in midweek.
  11. I think it’s probably because he can play on the left of the three. I’m not saying it’s his natural position but I think every other CB - even Kalas - struggles on the left side. Moore slightly less uncomfortable than the others is how I would put it! The left hand side of defence is a nightmare for us though with Baker, Mawson, Dasilva and Rowe all injured.
  12. Hope you make a full and speedy recovery Steve and ultimately lead Shrewsbury to promotion. Thanks for all the City memories.
  13. Bentley Hunt Kalas Mariappa Sessegnon Bakinson Lansbury Nagy Paterson Semenyo Wells I hoping Sess can play left back! Experience at CB and I want Kalas playing right side of the two. Bakinson looked good and sharp when he came on in mid week. Lansbury needs to play further forward to provide decent service for Wells. Semenyo to partner Wells as he also looked good off the bench and provides much needed movement. Fam needs a rest.
  14. Mariappa Vyner Kalas Moore Hunt I think (right to left)
  15. I think they’re switching Hunt to the LWB
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