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  1. Had a pang of disappointment when I realised "we're by far the greatest team the world had ever seen" turned out to be untrue Hearing "hit him on the head, hit him on the head, hit him on the head with a baseball bat, on the head, on the head" at the Barnsley game was a welcome return! More of that please.
  2. The majority of January business has been bringing in players on loan so as disappointing as it might be, they are usually gone again by the end of the season. It is a difficult time to recruit a player and I agree that I would rather have nobody than waste money on bad players. But the point is surely this, what the **** is going on? The much used phrase "you had one job" comes into mind. I really like Diedhiou and Weimann but for a team with a target to reach the play-offs, very few supporters would have said that we ended last season with the strikeforce we needed. So we spend all summer chasing a young lad at Arsenal and when that doesn't work we take a chance on an out-of-form striker from Stoke. Absolutely no disprespect intended because Benik Afobe looked like he would play his heart out for us and I really want him back and playing for us again. And he's living a nightmare that I can't beginning to imagine. So the critism is not directed at him for one second. But where was Ashton's contingency? We have a big squad, we keep signing ones for the future and loaning them out. We sign a succession of players for the same position. We change formation. We rotate the squad. Where's the plan?!!! The baseline can't be that we sign nobody for fear of signing someone shit. As @Nibor said "not everyone who makes mistakes lacks half a brain". This has been another summer and January **** up.
  3. Thanks Dave, those are better stats! I still hope Semenyo comes good but the signs aren't great at present. He definitely needs more playing time and another loan might help as it has with other players. But the issue remains, through the development path for young players we haven't produced a Premier League level striker in all the years I've been watching City. The best strikers I've seen have been the product of another club's development.
  4. I have an agenda? You're welcome to elaborate. With regard to knee injuries, have a look at this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2492018/ We spend all that time analysing a player's DNA but we don't make a judgment on their injury risk? Regardless of whether it was a freak injury or not, after a summer of inactivity (when Mark Ashton is at his busiest "I look to do probably 95 plus per cent of my business in that summer window") we signed one proven striker (on loan) as a desperate measure when our only other loan target chose to play for Leeds. Hardly a robust contingency plan. The fact that Afobe played from the first league game of the season shows that Lee Johnson wanted a new striker option. Semenyo has started 3 games and he's been sub for 6. We've played 28 league games this season. I've no idea if these stats are accurate but has he really been on the bench most weeks? Bobby Reid was a midfielder who LJ identified would make a good number 10. Leroy Lita came to us at the age of 18 and scored 29 goals during the following season - hardly a product of our development. Brilliant players both of them but neither a product of a Bristol City striker pathway.
  5. Thanks for posting that transcription @Olé, it is useful to actually read what was said rather than seeing conjecture built on conjecture. I guess I'm left with three observations. Firstly as much as I rate Mark Ashton because I think he has improved our selling of players beyond my best expectation, I still don't believe him. That's not to be dismissive or disprespectful but I'm certain he has a completely different private transfer agenda compared to the one he talks about in interviews. That's the nature of the game as you cannot afford to be too public about these things. Secondly, "Let’s be really clear we’ve had an injury to Benik that no one could have foreseen". Let's actually be honest, it wasn't the most unlikely injury given that he suffered a ligament injury in 2013. Finally, why do we not have a functioning pathway for young strikers? Most of us were excited when Semenyo was recalled from Newport County but for one reason or another he hasn't even got a regular place on the bench. Blame whoever you like but the reality is that he hasn't done enough to warrant more than being a distant backup option. When was the last time we 'produced' our own top level striker? In 40 years of watching Bristol City I can't actually recall a striker who has come through the reserves/academy, become a first team player and been sold for a decent price. I appreciate that good strikers are hard to find and many are signed up by Premier League academies as young kids but they are also the most valuable players. Where's the pathway and the development? Are we just unlucky?
  6. It seems a million lightyears away at present but if we ever did get promoted, I hope we would try Norwich's approach. Reward the players and manager with a season in the Premier League, probably get relegated with a record low number of points and build again in the Championship. Unfortunately I think we're more likely to do a "Fulham" - spend all the proceeds of promotion on new players, still lose a lot of games and end up in the Championship without the cash. Our fans wouldn't accept us going up with just the squad that wins promotion. So yes, more than likely the promotion winning players would be constucting their own exit from the club. But who are we kidding, this isn't going to happen anytime soon!
  7. Tell me JET's goal and this victory wasn't worth having. And it wasn't even a league game!
  8. Genuine question, do you (or anyone else) think that we suffer because Bristol Rugby, sorry Bristol Bears, share with us? Ashton Gate still feels like our home to me. I personally don't think we've lost any identity since the rugby joined us. Even the displays under the Landsdown stand don't really bother me. And it feels all the more amusing that they're doing well after Rovers evicted them and lost significant stadium revenue.
  9. I loved the early season videos with Afobe and Kasey Palmer messing about. It was so obvious that spirits were high and no surprise that they had clicked on the pitch. After a nightmare that I can't even begin to comprehend, we need Benik to play for us again. It won't bring his beautiful daughter back but we can show him just how much we care. I have never, never wanted a footballer to succeed again so much.
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    Adam Nagy

    You do wonder. I love Bristol and the UK but god knows how others adapt to our winters. Literally everywhere else in Europe has more acceptable winter conditions that we have...and I'm including Norway, Sweden and Finland as well as the countries that border the Med.
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    Adam Nagy

    Very, very interesting interview. When players such as Nagy speak such good English, you get a better level of honesty in these interviews compared to their UK born counterparts. It's brave of him to say that he didn't settle and missed his life in Italy. I would be surprised if anyone could make that transition easily. Thankfully, we're heading into a better part of the year and if he starts to feel more at home, I think we'll see better performances again. To an outsider, Milan Đurić didn't appear to come to terms with life in Bristol after his move from Italy. His social media made it look like he was doing his best but it was pretty minimal compared to his previous life. The long injury lay-off did help but it wasn't surprising that he went back to a lower standard of football in a country he felt was home. Although the days are short and the winters are hard in Sweden, it's good to Niclas Eliasson interviewed with a smile on his face because he does seem to be coping with the rubbish UK winter. I really hope Nagy settles with us as I think he has the potential be an exceptional player.
  12. Isn't it breakfast time in Oz? You might need to look again at your life choices
  13. Am going tomorrow and gutted.
  14. I'm in a mood because I'm not expecting a great showing against Barnsley!! Pre-match tension
  15. I think the evidence that we definitely have would point towards a lack of clarity: Constant formation changes Regular team/squad changes Pre-match tactic changes (pressing or posession or passing game or longball...) Playing to negate the opposition's strengths rather than attempting to impose our style of play Wholesale changes during a match (usually when we're chasing the game) Humerous but often bizarre post-match explanations for what went wrong Signing players who are "for the future" but immediately become first team regulars Signing first team players who drift so far out of contention we forget that they were signed The regular use of our "identity" - something that literally nobody who has watched us play this season can describe So if you accept any of the above, give me some resons why you think he would he would offer clarity to the players.
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