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downendcity last won the day on January 27 2017

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    Deepest Fenland -where the locals have 6 fingers and could probably make a decent fist........of managing a championship club.
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  1. Spurs' new ground (merged)

    Bet Vespasian never had any problems with dog walkers or applications for a village green.
  2. Daniel Sturridge

    As they say in golf, it's not the how but how many. Ultimately, a strikers job is to put the ball in the net and whether he does it with a languid style or not, Kane does it as well, if not better than pretty well anyone else at the moment. The fact that Real Madrid are rumoured to be offering £200m for him in the summer might just indicate that he's up there with the very best. I think the thing with Kane is that he doesn't look as quick and dynamic as , say, Salah or Aguero, but he always seems to get himself easily into the right positions in and around the box and makes his finishing look calm and clinical.I think he's the best we've had since Shearer. I also think that Kane is more of an overall asset to a team than is Sturridge. Sturridge, when on it, it a tremendous natural finisher, but seems to have a phycological issue around his fitness - not sure whether it is his fitness that causes that or his mental attitude that "creates" his fitness issues. Whatever, a player cannot establish himself at a top premier league club playing once in a blue moon.
  3. New Training Ground

    The road is obviously busy with dog walkers.
  4. OTIB 'get together'....

    Do we have to have the right DNA to attend?
  5. OTIB 'get together'....

    ... there will be a long queue!
  6. Tonights games

    Not sure which is the better scoreline for us.
  7. Ashton confirms that we are not chasing promotion

    Aldi has just been voted Britain's best supermarket ahead of M&S.
  8. Ashton confirms that we are not chasing promotion

    Michael McIndoe started another thread and he commented that to play a pressing game like ours requires players not just able to play to that system but also to have tremendous fitness. He goes on to say that Man City are where they are because they have the money to not just buy the best technical players but also this with the best fitness. IIRC he also commented about our drop in form and injuries and how difficult it is for players to sustain a pressing game throughout the season because of the physical pressure it puts them under and this this is perhaps a cause of those problems. In view of this, and the fact that we know the way that LJ wants us to be playing, perhaps the transfer activity in January ( or lack of, according to those criticising us for "not going for it") was because the players that were available did not meet either or DNA test, were not able to play within our style pf play or did not have the levels of fitness required - or two or all of those attributes? Also, as others have suggested, there might have been players who were on our radar, but where we would have been in competition with other clubs with much greater financial power ( e.g. Huge to West Ham) where we would have compromised our finances or caused major problems with the wage structure, as far as our existing players are concerned, which could adversely affect the team spirit built up over the last year. Sl has been understandably criticised in the past for "throwing money at it" and how that money has been wasted , when we were relegated with a huge and unmanageable wage bill for players with little or no value and who we struggled to get off the books. We now seem to have a well organised and coherent policy right through the club, in terms of the way we want the team to play, that we are looking to bring in players with the right DNA and who will fit with our playing style and that we either develop our ow players through the academy or look to bring in young players to develop either to benefit the team's progress or where we can see for a profit that can be used to reinvest into team development. At the worst times last season I commented that many fans seemed to want instant success from a long term plan, when criticism was being levelled at players like O'Dowda, Brownhill and Patterson, but they have been vindicated this season as has LJ, by and large and the plan seems to progressing nicely, if not yet perfectly all the time. It seems to me that SL has got it pretty well bang on with the long term strategy he put in place and that we are now seeing in operation. This season seems to have proved that his judgement was the better one when fans were calling for LJ's head last season. In view of that, it might just be that SL has weighed up what is best for the club's long term future when it came to deciding transfers during January. If any fans think that SL doesn't want Premier League football then they must be mad. The difference is that we can all make the decisions no problem when it is not our money and the club's future at stake. SL however does carry the responsibility for the club and spending his money and I'm pretty sure he isn't going to want to see another £20m flushed down the pan because we went for it in January but it all went tits up thereafter and we end up back where we were 3 years ago.
  9. O'Dowda NOT out for the season

    Modern footballers all look there is nothing of them - even the big defenders and strikers look slight. They certainly do when compared to the players from 30 years ago when central defenders and strikers were built like the proverbial BSH. The days of players like Mickey Quinn playing at the top level are now long gone where small margins are a big thing.
  10. Gordon Taylor PFA Annual wage!

    I'd be interested to know just what he did that justified a £777,183 bonus? It doesn't seem that long ago that I recall reading his salary was £600,00 and IIRC he was the highest paid union boss in the country, and can remember thinking then WTF! Seems like most premier league players his salary goes up in line with the latest TV deal.
  11. Bristol Cosy Football Club

    What, and play most games with 8 players?
  12. Bristol Cosy Football Club

    The older of us would prefer the next Gerry Gow!
  13. Time for some straight talk...!

    Regarding Diony's performance, do you think it was perhaps part of the collective team performance second half. It seemed to me that at 3-0 up the team thought that Sunderland were there for the taking and we could " turn ion" in the second half and score a few more with ease. At half time, and before the substitution was announced I commented that it would interesting to see what Diony could do with a 3-0 lead and against a poor and tiring Sunderland defence. However, instead of sticking to the style that has served us so well through the season we seemed to embark on kore of a "gung ho" approach and especially when we got past the half way line. I thought Kent looked dangerous, but on many occasions his mazy runs ended with jim losing the ball in an isolated position enabling Sunderland to build attacks with space t work in from the back and I have to say that there was an inevitability to their comeback. I have feeling that had Diony come on with the game still tight, the team would have maintained it's discipline and shape much better and within that we might have seen Diony playing the pressing role much more. Wolves last minute goal was a sickener, and I think it's had a big effect on us since then, but Saturday feels more of a defeat than that one and I worry that LJ has a big job on his hands to recover players' confidence and get us back to playing solid football the way we were before Christmas. Despite our poor rune since Christmas we are still in the hunt and this time last year LJ turned it around from a far worse situation and produced promotion form for the remainder of the season - fingers crossed he can repeat that magic touch.

    They can if it's in a big book with big writing and ends when Daddy says night night.
  15. Villa v Birmingham

    On current form I might not fancy us against any of the teams in the relegation places! ☹