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  1. 8 for Eliasson? A bloke that misses three sitters, scuffs two crosses from great positions, gives the ball away in positions that leave us exposed to counter. Nice left foot but little nous and so wasteful. We really should have scored at least six against a team that can attack but not defend. I’m elated we won but please don’t get caught up in the emotion of it - an 8 for Eliasson. Hilarious.
  2. Eliasson is the most overrated player at the club (by our supporters). Capable of a bit of magic but physically not up to it, loses possession frequently, and constantly underhits or overhits crosses. LJ can see that - that is why NE struggles to get in the team.
  3. Bang average footballer who has the occasional magic moment, I’m afraid. His general game is so erratic.
  4. Whenever I see him in action, I’m genuinely surprised that he’s deemed good enough to officiate in the Football League.
  5. Jesus Christ We didn’t play poorly. We were strong defensively and generally determined - that’s a vital part of winning away. It was a horrible game but don’t confuse that with playing poorly.
  6. Dave, I don’t think for one moment that ‘you’re only as good as you’re last game.’ It’s a meaningless cliche. Totally unhelpful. For example, should Burnley sack Dyche? If we overachieved last season then we should be reasonably happy with what’s happening now because it’s better than what came before it (two relegation dog fights). There’s too much short-term thinking in football - and life. Overall LJ has done reasonably well for us. I’m interested to see how it develops and would urge patience, however hard that feels.
  7. ‘Pretty much since LJ has been in charge’. Hold on a minute. The first half of last season was magnificent. For example, the first-half performance at Fulham was the best football I’ve seen from City for 40 years. People have very short memories, although I accept this season has been disappointingly dull. Perhaps we’ve all been spoilt by Aug - Dec last season.
  8. Keith Fear surely. Gillies scores in the 1-0 FA Cup win at Leeds the season before.
  9. When was Djuric ever fit? For about five minutes. He was good in theory; a waste of time in practice.
  10. This will go against the grain but I think Eliasson is bang average. I agree he’s got a decent left foot but so much of his crossing is scattergun and he so often gets knocked off the ball. He’s too tame as a footballer to be a major success in the Championship. Being able to cross a decent ball is a given for a half-decent wide man. What else does he offer? Half a game goes by, especially away, and you barely notice he’s playing. He doesn’t affect the game enough. He wasn’t risked last season because of a total lack of physicality.
  11. I feel sorry for the players of any team whenever I see Gavin Ward’s name on a teamsheet. It genuinely mystifies me how he gets through the assessments.
  12. You are correct, of course, in one way. It was a desperate game, a sort of rugby football match. But, as others have pointed out, it was intentional. LJ changed his tactics and they worked. A pragmatic, unglamorous appproach to the position the team was in after Saturday. Sometimes it has to be done. Let’s hope he can find a more eye-catching balance in future.
  13. I’d love to see Eliasson succeed but he looked so hopelessly lost when he played last season that I’d be surprised if he comes anywhere close to making it in the Championship. Looked a boy in a grown up’s game.
  14. It was an unbelievably appalling game, but don't underestimate how much a poor pitch - and it was poor - can affect even Championship-level players. Everyone is fit and organised and the slightest bit of miscontrol is immediately seized upon. We took apart Swed in the first 45 minutes last Saturday and god knows how we didn't take some of our chances at Preston. We get used to playing on a good pitch at home and in training. A poor pitch is a leveller. Only for about three seconds near the end of the first-half did Burton really look like scoring.
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