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  1. Better or worse without Pack

    I don't think we missed him that much last night and actually the type of game it was I think we benefited from having three players in midfield with such high energy. It was always going to be a game in which Fulham had the majority of possession and looked to control the game in midfield through Johansen, McDonald and Cairney and I actually felt that having such mobility in Reid, Brownhill and Smith allowed us to get around the pitch, press, never allow them time on the ball and never become overrun in the middle of the park. Having said though, although I thought Smith was superb, deservedly man of the match, and made a quite incredible amount of interceptions and tackles there were a few times he did, completely understandably, show the weaknesses in his game compared to Pack. He did a couple of times give the ball away softly or miss a pass that Pack would have made. There was also one instance in the first half that Fielding was looking to take a quick goal kick and whereas Pack would have been coming short to get the ball off the keeper, Smith had absolutely no interest in this and all Fielding was greeted with was the name on the back of his shirt forcing him to kick long. One thing that I am unfortunately quite resigned to though is that I think we will Pack a hell of a lot on Sunday. Firstly against the 2018 version of Dave Bassett's Wimbledon, simply we are going to miss Pack's size in offering a shield in front of Zohore/Madine when Cardiff (I assume endlessly) play the long ball up to them. We will have a lot more possession of the ball than we did last night and we will miss Pack's ability and composure in keeping the ball and giving good service to our more attacking players who will face the difficult task of breaking down what is, I guess I have to be fair and describe as a solid team. So I think last night was possibly a good one for us to be without him and I thought the three lads in the middle of the park all put in a tremendous shift and made it very difficult for some very talented players to play their game. I would still say though that for the majority of games Pack would still be one of the first names on the sheet for me, possibly only behind Baker and Bobby.
  2. Bailey Wright Goodnight Bailey Wright Goodnight

    I used to think free speech was a good thing.
  3. Man City Style of Play vis-a-vis Bristol City

    Pep Guardiola on tiki-taka in 2014, an extract from Pep Confidential: "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It's so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition's goal. It's not about passing for the sake of it." The following day, he expands on this message in a meeting with his players. "Be yourselves. You need to dig into your own DNA. I hate tiki-taka. Tiki-taka means passing the ball for the sake of it, with no clear intention. And it's pointless. "Don't believe what people say. Barça didn't do tiki-taka! It's completely made up! Don't believe a word of it! In all team sports, the secret is to overload one side of the pitch so that the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope. You overload on one side and draw them in so that they leave the other side weak. "And when we've done all that, we attack and score from the other side. That's why you have to pass the ball, but only if you're doing it with a clear intention. It's only to overload the opponent, to draw them in and then to hit them with the sucker punch. That's what our game needs to be. Nothing to do with tiki-taka."
  4. Joe Bryan

    Genuinely the best player on the pitch. I know for the majority of the game he was playing on the wing, but still, their left back is a 30 million England international, and yet ours is better. What a bloke.
  5. Just in time for Christmas

    I got 'em off erm, ya know Nobby Burton who comes round with a suitcase? Two for a tenner. Yes please, four. So...
  6. Rainbow coloured corner flags at football matches starting Saturday

    Two lesbians probably. Sisters. I’m just watching.
  7. Rainbow coloured corner flags at football matches starting Saturday

    Brent: Little while later I see a cowboy crying, I said, "Hey buddy, what can I do?" He says, "I lived a good life, had about a thousand women." I said "Why the tears?", he says "'cause none of them was you." Tim: What, you? Brent: No, he's looking at a photograph. Tim: Of you? Brent: No, of his girlfriend. The video would have shown it. Tim: Sorry. It just sounds a bit gay. Brent: It's not gay!
  8. Rainbow coloured corner flags at football matches starting Saturday

    Loved this thread being taken over by Office quotes.

    Manchester United’s players will also be playing.
  10. I believe we have a game tomorrow

    They haven't won a home game since beating Watford in December last year, in some ways not that surprising a stat bearing in mind how terrible they've been. However one thing I am stunned by is they haven't even taken the lead in a home game in that time. Such an appalling stat. I mean we've all seen City have lengthy periods of being terrible, but you'd expect to manage to take the lead every now and again. Their last home crowd was announced as 26 thousand, but a lot of their fans think the number was much closer to 20 which bearing in mind their form isn't exactly bad, but for Sunderland and the size of the Stadium of Light we will probably be playing in a rather empty ground tomorrow. They have drawn their last three games though so maybe they are just slightly beginning to turn some sort of corner. And as ever with City playing a team in such awful form a part of me fully expects us to lose.
  11. Bobby Reid Striker?

    Peak OTIB.
  12. ROI v Moldova, will COD start?

    I absolutely get why people aren't sure about him, but I really like O'Dowda and, without going too Kevin Keegan, I would love it if he stops the ******* Welsh going to Russia on Monday night.
  13. ROI v Moldova, will COD start?

    He's starting.
  14. Richard Foster

    Will genuinely never forget Football Genius Derek McInnes picking him in centre midfield.