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Midlands Robin

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  1. I can't think of anything to say other than wishing you and your family the utmost love at this terrible time. Rob.
  2. Such sad news. Sometimes words aren't enough.
  3. I seem to remember Hutchings for two reasons, putting us 1-0 up in "that" game against Wolves before the absolute hammering (and the pig fight) and when he flicked the ball on with his head to enable Wednesday to score in a turgid third round FA Cup game at Hillsborough. The same game where Clueless walked off at the end of the match without acknowledging the travelling reds, later saying he wasn't here to wave at the fans. The absolute W. (Clueless not Hutchings) (and our CATS coach broke down on the way back from Sheffield)
  4. I don't understand any of the methodology behind the debt to share transfer but I do understand a few things: 1) it improves the financial stability and sustainability of our club. 2) it reconfirms our Chairman's commitment to Bristol City (as if that was in doubt!) 3) it will continue to piss the fewers off and have them ranting into their cups of fake Fanta. Happy days.
  5. When you consider the absolute car crash of a situation he walked into on arrival, SCs turn around of the club in such a short space of time was remarkable. From facing relegation to the bottom flight to promotion and a record points haul. Top bloke.
  6. Fantastic bit of news. Great work by all concerned.
  7. I don't normally get to do these unless I'm at one of our visits to the Midlands however, as I was at the Gate today, why not: Bentley. 8 - A solid no dramas performance. Commands the box well and snuffed out a number of crosses and high balls. Hunt. 7 - going forward this guy is great. A solid player who gets stuck in. Most of the threat from Swansea came down his side and he needed plenty of cover from Moore or Williams. Moore. 7 - Great defensive work and better still after his booking where he had to work hard to avoid another at the hands of a picky Ref. Williams. 8 - OK, the guy doesn't get further up the pitch than the half way line which suggests that his fitness is still a work in progress however nothing went by him. A solid, composed performance. Made defending look relatively easy. Baker. 7 - seemed to spend the first 20 minutes covering Hunt just in case. Was doing well as part of the back three until he went off. Rowe. 7 - Was all over the left as the formations changed but got on with his job quietly. Obviously doing all the right things as very little from Swansea went down that side. Brownhill. 7. - possibly after Szmodics the player I noticed the least. Wasn't a bad performance, far from it, but didn't sparkle. Massengo. 7 - hustled and harried, broke up play and got stuck in. Really good at pinching the ball out from under a players toes. My only wish is that once he has the ball he looks to break a little more aggressively to turn defence into attack. Looking for the easy ball is fine for possession but today we needed to find something different to unlock the Swans. Great player though. O'Dowda. 7 - grew in to the game as the first half progressed. A decent performance. Szmodics. 5 - Not much to write about. Needed to be more creative but didn't really get into the game. Weimann. 6 - Busy and covered plenty of ground but unable to find a way through the Swansea defence. Diedhiou. 7 - Really shook things up when he came on. Covers a lot of ground and gave their defence something to think about. My biggest complaint was that he doesn't get stuck in enough when he's in the box. Compare the way Massengo fights for the ball and how Fammy seems to not stick his foot in and hustle in the box. Palmer. 6 - Got stuck in and added to the threat up front but not much in the way of end product. Eliasson. 6 - Overlapped well with Hunt but didn't bring too much more to the attack. Good to see he was fired up and gave the crowd a bit of a lift when he came in for the corner. Overall, we played well. With the fit players we currently have we are a strong, effective and easily top half of the championship team. What we currently lack is that sprinkle of magic football dust to turn a solid, hard working and effective side into a great one. I think we are only one or two great players away from being that team. Swansea were a decent side and I don’t see anyone in this division that we can't hold our own against. With a full, fit squad we really are on the cusp of something fantastic.
  8. Cheers Julie. Honestly made me smile. Saw no trouble at all and every one in the group was engaged in conversation. Couldn't tell what they were talking about as I was listening to Radio Bristol obviously.
  9. Plenty of sirens and rushing about as I left Bower Ashton and headed up towards Temple Meads but it all seemed reasonably friendly around and about. I did have a small smile to myself as I waited at the lights by the Peugeot Garage when the away fans escort came walking up. There was two vans and around 10 to 15 police escorting approximately 20 to 30 Swansea fans. Every policeman / woman was engaged in conversation with one or two fans. It looked like a friendly walk out in the countryside.
  10. He hustled and harried their players, winning the ball and breaking up play well. I thought he had a spell in the first half where he didn't do too much but he certainly commanded the middle of the park well. My only small comment is that he didn't create too much himself but tends to look to lay off a simple ball for others to build on. I'd like to see him start looking to create a bit more space for himself and look for a more aggressive ball forward. Fantastic to see such a young lad muscling it with more experienced pros. Not afraid to get stuck in but in such a controlled way. He could be a walking yellow card if he wasn't so talented at whipping the ball away from under the opposition players toes. A great performance.
  11. Yeah, the ball goes left the Sag goes right. Never, ever a penalty. It seems like every other game they either get an opposition player sent off or get awarded a penalty.
  12. I guess it's academic at the moment but a while ago the powers that be finally opened a long planned but very overdue station to serve the Rico Arena in Coventry. Unfortunately the Rail Franchise that ran on that part of the network didn't have the rolling stock to serve match day demand therefore stopped no trains on match days for several hours either side of kick off. The station was effectively useless because no one wanted it outside of matches and no on could use it when there was one. Utterly inept, incompetent and useless local authorities and transport plans aren't just limited to Bristol.
  13. If enough of the club can be saved they will start again at the bottom and work their way back up. There are several success stories of clubs that have eventually made it back from the depths of despair. They may not be back in the league for 10 years but I'm sure the supporters will reserect something of their club.
  14. Look on the bright side, up in Horfield they hand their season tickets out through the fence and beg people to come inside.
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