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  1. Exactly. From 1-1 we were absolutely dreadful. Embarrassingly bad.
  2. Sorry - that’s nonsense. Being a front man is more than just about scoring. It’s about holding it up, laying it off at a clever angle, having some pace to worry a defender. Martin has been a passenger for several games now. His lack of athleticism and pace have been exposed by having to slog out our recent fixtures. He’s looked like an ageing donkey.
  3. Absolutely. You can’t pay a body not to be tired. People who write: ‘they get £15k per week, they should be able to play 4 games in 9 days’ totally miss the point. You can play 4 games, but you are very unlikely to be consistently effective.
  4. There was a positive - goal difference wasn't completely ruined.
  5. Your criticism is strongly worded. But while over-reaction and hyperbole are best avoided, I agree with the overall sentiment - two extremely disappointing and worrying performances. Two very boring matches as well. Saw quite a bit of that last season.
  6. First 45 minutes at Fulham, 31 October 2017. 2-0 up at half-time. Best City football at decent level for close on 40 years. Scored a third in the second-half that was incorrectly disallowed for offside. I note that Tomas Kalas was subbed by Fulham at h-t!
  7. All right for you to have a go at ‘lefties’ though.
  8. Yes, 3-1 down at half-time to Orient. Oct 1971. One of my favourite games as well. And, of course, the Portsmouth match, although that was a nervy night towards the end. It was actually a dreadful game.
  9. I’ve long admired Tom Cairney but he has a serious flaw in his game - he often holds on to the ball too long, which holds up Fulham’s attacking flow and allows defenders time to recover. Happened a number of times on Saturday and let us off the hook. Might sound like a strange criticism but I know top managers think the same.
  10. Why should I be ashamed of myself? The first World War was utterly stupid, pointless and avoidable (eg same as Vietnam and plenty of others I could name). That's not denigrating the poor blokes who died in it. They were pawns in a ridiculous power play by politicians and generals. WW1 was not like WW2, although the punitive peace terms the Allies imposed on Germany went some way to create the conditions for Nazism and WW2. Your point about being run by Berlin shows your ignorance of history. Germany's war aim in 1914 was not to invade Britain. By 1916, with the two sides locked in
  11. Some decent perspective. Last night was abysmal, stunningly so. I could hardly believe what I was watching in the first half. But nearly all sides have nights like that away from home during a season. In the modern era, more fans get to see them because of Sky red button and BCFC TV. I'm not excusing it, just saying it's happened before and will happen again.
  12. You’re right about the Preston comparison. I thought exactly the same thing at half time.
  13. To be fair, that would have saved millions of lives, lots of misery and ended the whole pointlessness of it.
  14. There’s been little comment about the pen. I thought exactly the same thing. What was Baker supposed to do? The bloke runs into him and falls over spectacularly. Easy one to give a home side and refs lower down are happy with an easy life. I mean, who would thought a player was looking for a foul in the box.
  15. If you'd said to anyone at the end of the 16-17 season that Bobby Reid would go for £9m a year later, they would have laughed. When LJ described him as a £5m player, people scoffed. LJ, as you know, played him as a striker in 17-18 and he scored 19 league goals (9 more than he'd managed in his whole career up until that point). But that had little to do with the manager actually playing him there? But when the results are poor, that's all the manager's fault. LJ gave Lloyd Kelly his debut in 17-18 and gave him 26 starts as a 20 year old last season in a tough, physical division (completly
  16. And just a quick point on sales. Webster and Brownhill are the obvious stand out ‘successes’. But LJ is head coach. It’s his job to develop players. Pretty sure he helped turn Reid into a £9m sale and, I might suggest, he helped develop Kelly too. Those four generated £50m + of those £88m sales I noted earlier.
  17. Um, my point was, simply, i wonder what the facts are. I’ve heard things like: ‘but he’s signed 57 players’, ‘he’s sold for millions but he’s spent millions’ etc. My overall conclusion (if you’re interested): LJ is not ‘a clueless muppet who should get out of our club’ as I see written with depressing regularity on social media. He’s part of a team (on and off the field) that has generally moved the club forward over the last four years, however frustrating this season has been at times - 18th, 17th, 11th, 8th, currently 7th in his 5 seasons. Leeds and West Brom were sad affair
  18. Plenty of debate about how many players LJ's brought in, how many he's sold, how much we've made on transfers, how much we've spent. Thought I'd have a stab at his ledger. I've looked back over the last four years (he joined in Feb 2016). It's not easy to be definitive but my best estimate is that under LJ we've spent around £60m and brought in around £88m in transfer fees. That doesn't include loan fees in or out. The following are permanent players who've been bought or sold or let go during LJ's time (players who've featured in the BCFC first team at any time). 26 players s
  19. I mean the last three in the Championship, which includes this one. The first two back in the Championship were tension-filled relegation battles. Easy to forget where we’ve come from. 18th, 17th, 11th, 8th and currently 7th.
  20. Those figures only mean something if you compare them to the amount the teams we are competing with are spending and spent in the years you refer to. Eg Fulham have parachute payments now. And WBA. I’m pretty sure our wages, for example, are no where near the biggest in the Championship. We’ve also sold £65m worth of players in the last 18 months.
  21. I was only referring to LJ’s time in charge. Season on season improvement. You’ll also know that Alan Dicks was appointed in 1967 and we were promoted in 1976. Sometimes patience is needed. ps - I’ve supported since 1970 and I get frustrated too but sometimes change is not always the best policy. See above. I was only referring to LJ’s time in charge. Season on season improvement. You’ll also know that Alan Dicks was appointed in 1967 and we were promoted in 1976. Sometimes patience is needed. ps - I’ve supported since 1970 and I get frustrated to
  22. Yes, but unless I’m mistaken, LJ hasn’t been in charge for all forty of them and we’ve improved our league position every season under him. Just saying. But yeah,Johnson out... he’s got us to, er, 7th with his utter cluelessness.
  23. We haven’t ‘made it’ under anyone for 44 years, which suggests it’s not that straightforward. Here are some more facts I came across - under Lee Johnson we have finished 18th, 17th, 11th and 8th in the last four seasons. We are 7th with 12 games left. Not the clearest case for a sacking I’ve ever seen, but there are lots of people on social media saying he has to go, so I suppose it, er, must be time.
  24. He might point out, quite correctly, that if players make basic errors (Nagy - caught in possession, Diedhiou - dribbling out from the back, Bentley - fumble, Williams - poor header) then you will be punished by the league leaders. But lots want to blame the manager for a player’s mistake.
  25. Sold £65m worth of players in the last 18 months - constantly rebuilding. But we should ignore that because we live in a world where we have to success instantly. Of course it's desperately frustrating but I've much preferred the last three seasons to the two that came before them.
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