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LondonBristolian last won the day on December 12 2019

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  1. We have system in this country of trial by jury. The CPS might well have had reasons for thinking there was a reasonable prospect of conviction but they do not decide whether someone is guilty or not and, given the police arrived after the incident took place, they do not know what happened either. I do not agree with the vilification of the press for pursuing this case but I think it appalling that people are prepared to abandon 600 years of legal precedent of a fair judicial system and ignore the vital principal that someone is not proven guilty about until a jury of their peers has decided they to be the case. We will never ever know if she was guilty. She was never convicted and should not be judged as such. And the idea that someone should be prosecuted for wasting police time for being involved in a case - be it as a witness or a victim, which we will never know - where no guilt has been determined is an utterly monstrous violation of our entire legal system and the whole principle of justice.
  2. Millwall and Forest feel like the key away games and we could make a real statement with those, especially with a decent win at Forest. Swansea is obviously massive too, especially so late in the season. But it would obviously count for nothing if we won those and messed up elsewhere.
  3. To strengthen the squad and presumably start them in the long-term. But, whilst the fact we lost makes it the wrong decision in retrospect, not making changes to a winning team after four game run of wins and clean sheets was nowhere near as irrational as a decision as your post made out.
  4. We'd won four games in a row ahead of the Birmingham game. It was a disappointing result but it seems a bit weird to criticise the manager for not making changes to a winning team.
  5. Players can be coached but it takes two things: 1) Players having the right mindset and desire to improve. 2) Players doing the right things to improve I think with Kasey there are two alternative explanations to an attitude problem: 1) He knows he needs to improve and do things differently but hasn't yet found a way to do that. 2) The process of changing the game means he is over-thinking and curbing his natural instincts at the moment whilst he is learning what to do differently. I think it possible players can get worse for a while whilst learning to get better, if that makes sense.
  6. Exactly. Dasilva is a very good left-back but he can only be as organised as the rest of the defence are and needs support from the midfield too. I think it is easy to look at full backs in isolation but, perhaps even more so than centre-backs, their ability to operate well defensively depends massively on what other players are dong. If you have one full back defending against a winger and an over-lapping full-back, and also having to watch what is going on in the box too, they are going to look exposed however good they are.
  7. Not so sure on that. I remember when QPR scraped the play-offs under Harry Redknapp with an incredibly strong squad. I also remember Pearson and Karanka struggling with very decent Derby and Forest sides and Sven Goran Eriksson massively flopping with a heavily banked rolled Leicester City. Many looked at Cardiff's squad at the start of the season and thought Warnock would get them up in the automatics. This is a weird league and proven managers do not always equal proven results.
  8. Real shame if so. It would be great to see him get fit, get playing somewhere and earn a decent move.
  9. I actually think the number who either think he is God or won't have him at all is actually quite a small section of the fan base. I think a far greater number of supporters are way more pragmatic than that, very open to the fact that he has flaws but are also aware that generally speaking he has delivered on expectation. Of course the football could be a lot better but, at the same time, the manager has rarely been able to field his first choice XI for much of the season and I think some of the performances are the result of pragmatic decisions to overcome shortcomings this has created in the team. My view is we have to be competing for the play-offs this season and I would not accept a late season drop-off as in recent seasons. If we finish within 3 points of the play-offs or better then I'd accept we probably have him for next season and I'd be okay with that. If not, I'll probably feel it is time for a change. But I think far more of us judge LJ week by week and moderate our views based on what happens than there are people passionately pro or anti-him.
  10. Of course. But my hope is we'd do what Burnley did, and use an unexpected promotion to grow the club, even accepting the possibility of coming straight back down and using those resources to build a team in a stronger position. If we fluked our way up and played our cards right, it could make us one of the strongest teams in the division in two years time and be a step towards becoming an established premier league side...
  11. PS I meant to say "perhaps Forest". Christ knows why I wrote "of course" instead...
  12. I honestly think we judge ourselves way too harshly. To my mind are 5 really strong teams in this division and, for the most part we have kept pace with them. I think there are then a number of teams who could argue to be around about as good as we are but I think we always overestimate how many genuinely strong teams there are in the division. We are where we deserve to be - so far at least. Perhaps we will slip a few places by the end of the season but we are seventh because we deserve to be seventh on merit and I don't think anyone outside of WBA, Leeds, Brentford, Fulham (who we beat) and of course Forest really can make a convincing case to be definitely better than us.
  13. Sounds like we weren't at the races today but... 1. Given we had two key players injured and one key player ill, and it sounds like we were thoroughly outclassed, a 1-0 defeat to the team in second is not an appalling result. 2. Everyone else around us failed to capitalise. Today makes automatic promotion less likely, although I never really expected that, but our play-off chances have not been too badly hit. 3. I'd rather be LJ picking the team up from a 1-0 defeat than Scott Parker picking the team up after a 3-0 at home to Barnsley We've got four crucial games coming up and hopefully we'll have some more players back by next Saturday. Onwards and upwards. COYR!
  14. I knew errors were often due to a rush of blood somewhere but I thought it was usually people's heads?
  15. To be fair, if all other results were to remain the same, that would limit the damage of today's result whatever happens.
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